Trump says Tillerson "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with N. Korea

Trump says Tillerson

Trump says Tillerson "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with N. Korea

"I said to Rex Tillerson, our wonderful secretary of State, that he loses his time negotiating with the" Little Rocket Man..."

The White House has maintained that this is "not the time to talk" to North Korea, which has been carrying out ballistic missile test and going ahead with its nuclear weapons programme in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

'... Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!' (Little Rocket Man is Trump's referral for Kim on Twitter, the idiom he first used during UN General Assembly speech). Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed.

U.S. president Donald Trump's latest tweets on North Korea have received a muted response in South Korea, where media focused more on USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson's acknowledgement that the USA is keeping communication channels open with the Pyongyang.

"We asked, 'Would you like to talk?' We have communication lines with Pyongyang. Whether through diplomacy or force is up to the regime", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Twitter, using the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"We are probing, so stay tuned", Tillerson told a small group of reporters. He then dragged the Foreign Minister of North Korea after he spoke at the United Nations saying "If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!"

In the past few weeks, Trump had said that he was open to a military option, even though it is not his preferred choice. For instance, North Korea has publicly promised to turn the USA into a "sea of fire", the same turn of phrase that it used back in 2009, and even in years prior. Trump defended his administration's response time, while simultaneously calling critics of his efforts as "fake news" and "politically motivated ingrates".

Earlier in the day, the president also addressed comments made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that he remained in discussions with officials in North Korea, despite there being no official relationship between Pyongyang and Washington, The Hill reported.

"We are seeing from what we can observe, and the Chinese are telling us, that it is having some effect, and [the Chinese] have a pretty close view of it", Tillerson said.

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