USA in direct communication with North Korea - Rex Tillerson

USA in direct communication with North Korea - Rex Tillerson

The U.S. -North Korea talks, if held, would mark the first of their kind since the new U.S. leader took office in February and the first since October 2016.

The U.S. Secretary of State Rex #Tillerson said on Saturday that the United States is keeping up parallel channels of correspondences with #North Korea even as strains ascend over the North's nuclear weapons and missile programs. But trying to tamp down expectations, the U.S. State Department later released a statement that Pyongyang hasn't shown any interest in dialogue with Washington.

"The first time I would have the opportunity to sit with the North Koreans it would be to say what do you want to talk about, because we haven't even got that far yet", Tillerson told reporters on Saturday in Beijing. "We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang", said Tillerson.

US President Donald Trump has said he will never allow that to happen.

Tillerson is a chief architect of the administration's "peaceful pressure campaign", an initiative that seeks to use UN Security Council sanctions to try and choke North Korea's economy while pressing countries to stop accepting North Korean guest workers and close the regime's diplomatic outposts.

North Korea has as of late, tested long-range missiles that possibly could hit the US, and on September 3 led its biggest nuclear test to date.




Xi said that he and Trump had made efforts to grow their diplomatic relations, and that they have maintained "a very good working relationship and personal friendship".

The admission by Tillerson is at least somewhat surprising considering Trump said last month on Twitter that "talking is not the answer" when it comes to North Korea.

"There appear to be two trains of thought in the global community regarding denuclearization of the peninsula: Crush North Korea or talk to North Korea so as to increase its sense of security".

The Chinese president added that China attaches great importance to Trump's visit, and that the teams on both sides should work closely to make the visit "successful and special".

China, North Korea's main trade partner, has responded by backing a slew of new United Nations sanctions.

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