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Tillerson 'wasting his time' negotiating with North Korea

03 October 2017, 08:58 | Damon Campbell

Tillerson 'wasting his time' negotiating with North Korea

Tillerson 'wasting his time' negotiating with North Korea

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the secretary of state is "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea over the communist state's nuclear weapons program.

Asked how he could know whether the North would even contemplate responding to new sanctions by coming to the table, the U.S. envoy said: "We are probing, so stay tuned".

Trump tweeted in August that "talking is not the answer", while United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has said the time for dialogue is over and she'd "have no problem kicking it to" Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

DOJ investigating Equifax stock sales Top US security official targeted in Cuba Embassy covert attacks: report Trump adviser tells foreign officials no change on Paris climate deal MORE, who earlier in the weekend said Washington was in direct talks with Pyongyang.

Kim was officially declared leader of North Korea following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in 2011. "We do talk to them", he said, without elaborating about which Americans were involved in those contacts or how frequent or substantive they were.

Mr Tillerson was speaking during a trip to China - the North's biggest trading partner - to meet President President Xi Jinping and other officials. "There is nearly no one aligning with North Korea on this nuclear program of theirs".

Trump's comments on Sunday appeared to undercut Tillerson's diplomatic efforts despite the escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

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Millions of young men and 1.22 million women said they wanted sign up to counter the USA since Friday, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported. After announcing new USA sanctions last month on North Korea, he also acknowledged diplomacy was still possible, asking: "Why not?"

In a meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Mr Tillerson said "we are still waiting" for North Korea to show it's ready to have a serious conversation about denuclearisation, the official said.

"I don't see this as an opening at this time", said Ruggiero, who spent more than 17 years in the USA government as an expert in the use of targeted financial measures. Moscow, however, was instrumental in keeping North Korea's fuel supply open, being one of the countries that rejected the US's push to impose a complete fuel embargo on the reclusive regime. Others said the tweets might represent a "good cop-bad cop approach" to North Korea that may or may not be misguided or bear fruit.

"The whole situation is a bit overheated right now", he said.

Still, Mr Tillerson said the most important thing is to ease the rhetoric.

In early August, Trump warned the United States would rain down "fire and fury" on North Korea, saying the U.S. would destroy the nation of some 25 million people if its dictator's threats against the USA and its allies continued.

Later, after Trump arrived at an worldwide golf competition at a northern New Jersey course, a new tweet appeared: "Being nice to Rocket Man hasn't worked in 25 years, why would it work now?" Kim responded by calling Trump a "dotard" and warning of the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

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