Tillerson 'wasting his time' negotiating with North Korea

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Tillerson 'wasting his time' negotiating with North Korea

President Donald Trump said Sunday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, raising speculation about whether Trump could be undermining efforts to maintain channels of communication or somehow bolstering the diplomat's hand in possible future talks.

President Donald Trump on Sunday diverged from the US State Department and said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was "wasting him time" opening up talks with the North Korean regime.

The United States is probing to find out whether North Korea is willing to hold talks on giving up its nuclear weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been quoted as saying.

Millions of young men and 1.22 million women said they wanted sign up to counter the us since Friday, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported. China has also maintained some trade with Pyongyang, fueling criticism that such actions were giving North Korea room to breathe under mounting worldwide pressure.

Tillerson, speaking off-camera with reporters during his trip to China's capital, said Saturday that the administration is speaking to North Korea "directly, through our own channels".

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When asked about Tillerson's assertion and what communication there might be between Pyongyang and Washington, a spokesman for the North Korean mission to the United Nations said he "can't go further into detail". "We're not in a dark situation, a blackout", Tillerson said.

"We've made it clear that we hope to resolve this through talks", Tillerson said.

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. After announcing new USA sanctions last month on North Korea, he also acknowledged diplomacy was still possible, asking: "Why not?"

He reiterated that Washington would not recognize North Korea as a nuclear power but also has no plans for regime change.

Some commentators seized on Trump's tweets as evidence that he was either undermining Tillerson personally or his diplomacy, or both.

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

The threat that North Korea poses has rapidly escalated in recent weeks.

"Rocket Man" is Trump's nickname for Kim. Obviously it would help for North Korea to stop firing off missiles.

North Korean officials have suggested that Trump's threats amount to a declaration of war.

Kim responded by saying he would "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire".

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In response to North Korea's continued weapons development this year, the UN Security Council agreed to increased sanctions on North Korea, gaining support from China and Russian Federation.

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