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Trump discourages Tillerson from talking to N. Korea

Trump discourages Tillerson from talking to N. Korea”

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man", he said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

On Saturday, Tillerson told reporters in Beijing that the US has and uses lines of communication to Pyongyang.

He provided no elaboration about those channels or the substance of any discussions.

"We can talk to them, we do talk to them", he said.

Despite his tough criticism of China's trade practices, Trump has forged a personal connection with Xi over phone calls and while hosting him in Florida, during which they agreed on four high-level dialogues to cover various aspects of relations.

US President Donald Trump has told his secretary of state that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear programme. "We are probing, so stay tuned", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in what marked the first time that a senior USA official acknowledged there was direct contact between Washington and Pyongyang. After visiting China this week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said there's been some progress, including a deal to let U.S. beef into China, but they need to tackle "bigger things and more hard things". They include the two nations' U.N. missions, regular exchanges between senior diplomats, and unofficial discussions between North Korean officials and former US officials. Trump said on Twitter.

Tillerson expressed his hope that at the upcoming summit in Beijing, the relationship between the U.S. and China will be advanced.

"North Korea would be well advised to take this offer of talks seriously".

A senior US official, asked for clarification about Trump's Sunday morning tweets about North Korea, played down the significance of the communication channels. "We're moving to a place where we're going to end up with a binary choice soon", Corker told NBC's "Meet the Press" in an interview before Trump had tweeted. "We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang".

He added: "If we don't ramp up the diplomatic side, it's possible that we end up cornered".

President Trump's tweets Sunday morning suggest little has come in the way of progress as Secretary Tillerson is in Beijing, China.

However, those contacts have failed to reduce the deep mistrust between the adversaries and it is unclear to what extent they have endured the current spike in tensions. Secretary of State confirmed that the USA has to continue an economic pressure on the DPRK to force it to cancel its missile and nuclear programs. The standoff has entered a new, more risky phase since then as Kim and Trump have exchanged personal insults and threats of war.



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