Tillerson 'wasting his time' trying to negotiate with North Korea

Tillerson 'wasting his time' trying to negotiate with North Korea

He said that he had told U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson that "he is wasting his time with Little Rocket Man" the nickname he has given North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has confirmed that Washington is in direct contact with Pyongyang in an effort to cool the nuclear showdown between the two countries.

The top USA diplomat also said broad sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program "are beginning to have an effect".

He said that communication was happening directly and cited two or three US channels open to Pyongyang.

In an apparent response to news this weekend that the USA has open channels of communication with North Korea, the president also tweeted Sunday that Tillerson should save his energy because the US will "do what has to be done". "We're not in a dark situation, a blackout", he said from the residence of the USA ambassador in Beijing. North Korea's foreign minister also said that Trump's comments made the possibility of a missile attack on the USA mainland "all the more inevitable". But we have to assume that Tillerson has gotten a lot of advice from the Chinese about toning down the rhetoric and looking for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. At the same time, increased sanctions and diplomatic pressure have done little to force North Korea to alter course.

While Tillerson and Chinese leaders didn't mention North Korea in public remarks, he did raise the issue behind closed doors, according to a senior State Department official who asked not to be identified because the talks were private.




Another day, another chapter in the ongoing escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea.

In August, Mattis stressed the importance of the nation's diplomatic efforts, particularly through the United Nations, but in September he warned the USA would meet threats from North Korea with "a massive military response". "There is nearly no one aligning with North Korea on this nuclear program of theirs". Obviously it would help for North Korea to stop firing off missiles.

However, faced with a recalcitrant Pyongyang and friction with Washington, Beijing has stepped up the pressure on North Korea, including the recent order on North Korean businesses in China to shut down as stated in the most recent UN Security Council resolution.

After Tillerson spoke, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert sought to reduce expectations for a breakthrough, saying in a statement that North Korean leaders "have shown no indication that they are interested in or are ready for talks regarding denuclearization".

North Korea responded to the insult at the United Nations in kind, with Kim saying, "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire".

Tillerson referred to the situation with North Korea as "overheated" - an understatement, to be sure.

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