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Trump says talks with North Korea are a

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Tuesday his department "supports fully" Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's effort to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea nuclear stand-off.

His comments come a day after his own Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was maintaining open lines of communication with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Anyway, Tillerson stated that military power would not solve the issue.

According to Mattis, Trump instructed him and Tillerson to continue to try to reduce the tension through diplomatic channels: "President Trump's guidance to both Secretary Tillerson and me has been very clearly that we would.pursue the diplomatic effort to include with the various initiatives with China". During his visit to Bejing, Tillerson told reporters that the USA has open communication channels with North Korea. He didn't provide details on the various channels nor the discussions themselves but said ridding North Korea of nuclear weapons remains the goal of USA policy. Pyongyang has responded with threats to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean and shoot down American bombers even in global air space.

He also underscored the global community's efforts to address the North Korean threat, including through two unanimous U.N. Security Council resolutions since August.

"The global community.is focused on the destabilizing threat posed by North Korea and Kim Jong-Un's relentless pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities", he said.

Separately, the Trump administration has stepped up unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang.

USA officials insist publicly that they have military options to counter the threat from Pyongyang if this fails, but admit privately that they are risky.

The only conversations Washington will have with Pyongyang will be about the release of three Americans now detained in the North, she said.



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