US Government in Direct talks with NKorea
The US government is communicating directly with NKorea to see whether it’s willing to negotiate over its nuclear program, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, the most explicit public acknowledgment yet of direct contact between the countries over the issue.
“We can talk to them, we do talk to them,” Secretary Tillerson said Saturday at a briefing in Beijing. In the past the 2 countries communicated through other governments or former officials.
NKorea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on 3 September, and has launched more than 12 missiles this year, as Kim Jong Un’s regime seeks the capability to hit the continental US with an atomic weapon.
The United Nations has imposed stringent sanctions on NKorea for its weapons tests, and US President Donald Trump has said all options are on the table to stop Kim.
as nicknamed Kim “Rocket Man” and telling the UN that the US would “totally destroy” NKorea if it attacks.
“We can talk to them, we do talk to them directly, through our own channels,” Secretary Tillerson said. “We have lines of communication to Pyongyang — were not in a dark situation, a blackout.”
The most important thing to do now is to ease the rhetoric and tension on the peninsula because the situation “is a bit overheated right now,” he said.
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