Rex Tillerson says USA is in direct contact with North Korea

Rex Tillerson says USA is in direct contact with North Korea

Tillerson said the US was testing North Korea's ability to talk and required a quieting of the circumstance on the #korean peninsula; no elaboration about those channels or the substance of any dialogue originated from Tillerson, who met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other best authorities in Beijing.

North Korea has shown no interest in pursuing talks on its nuclear and missile programs, the US State Department says after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged Washington was communicating directly with Pyongyang.

Following Tillerson's statements, the State Department said that "North Korean officials [had] shown no indication that they are interested in, or are ready for talks regarding denuclearisation", in a bid to tamp down expectations.

In a separate meeting, Wang told Tillerson: "At present, China-US relations overall have a positive momentum and have arrived at an important opportunity to progress further". "We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang", said Tillerson. "We're not in a dark situation", he added.

Trump said on Tuesday that the military option is "not a preferred option, but if we take that option, it will be devastating for North Korea".

The Korean Peninsula stays in a specialized condition of war, and the Neutral territory separates North and South Korea.

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The U.S. top diplomat was in Beijing for a visit to prepare for U.S. President Donald Trump's state visit to China later this year.

This is the first time Tillerson has ever spoken about US outreach to North Korea.

"Obviously it would help if North Korea would stop firing off missiles". The White House is in direct contact with North Korea, said Me Tillerson in a rare top-level acknowledgement.

Trump has criticized the Chinese government in recent months for not doing enough to pressure Pyongyang into suspending its nuclear and missile programmes.

Despite clashes over trade and North Korea, the two leaders appear to have forged a personal relationship.

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".

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