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Trump Says Tillerson Is ‘Wasting His Time’ Trying To Talk To ‘Little Rocket Man’

Ryan Pickrell on October 1, 2017

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a waste of time.

Trump doubled down on an earlier tweet claiming that talking is not the answer. The president said that there is no point having Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waste his time working to create a path to dialogue and diplomacy. He added that the U.S. will do what has to be done.

Tillerson revealed Saturday in Beijing that the U.S. has several lines of communication open between Washington and Pyongyang, explaining that the U.S. is actively seeking opportunities for negotiation. The efforts of America’s top diplomats are the second half of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure and engagement” strategy, an approach which uses all aspects of America’s comprehensive national power to address the North Korea threat.

North Korea has rejected past diplomatic overtures, defiantly testing both missiles and thermonuclear weapons in violation of international restrictions.

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