President Trump on Sunday told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that it’s a “waste of time” to negotiate with North Korea. The President’s comments arrived amid the escalating crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” the president said.
“Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” he added.
The President’s comments arrived less than 24 hours after Tillerson said the United States was in direct contact with North Korean officials. The announcement was made despite no official diplomatic relationship between Washington and Pyongyang.
Following Tillerson’s comment, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea had shown no interest in negotiating on matters related to its nuclear weapons program.
“U.S. diplomats have several open channels in which we can communicate with officials within the North Korean regime,” Nauert said Saturday.
“Despite assurances that the United States is not interested in promoting the collapse of the current regime, pursuing regime change, accelerating reunification of the peninsula or mobilizing forces north of the DMZ, North Korean officials have shown no indication that they are interested in or are ready for talks regarding denuclearization,” she added.
President Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un have been at a war of words since Trump called him a “little rocket man.” North Korea’s ruler responded by calling Trump a “dotard.”
Relations between North Korea and the United States worsened two months ago when Trump stood on the floor of the United Nations and threatened to completely annihilate North Korea. Immediately following that address, North Korea’s foreign minister threatened to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.
U.S. leaders have been begging President Trump to reduce his rhetoric, a call to action the 45th POTUS has completely ignored.
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