U.S. threatens North Korea with military drills in the South China Sea

U.S. threatens North Korea with military drills in the South China Sea

United States President, Donald Trump, said negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program would be a waste of time on Sunday after it emerged that Washington had channels of contact with Pyongyang.

In an extraordinary tweet that appears to put the President at loggerheads with his Secretary of State over a key USA policy, Mr Trump indicated he had little faith in Rex Tillerson's diplomatic efforts to defuse the North Korea situation.

Trump delivered a speech to the United Nations in September in which he referred to the North Korean dictator as "rocket man", an insult he has used several times, including in Sunday's tweets.

However Rear Admiral Dalton reported no trouble with the Chinese during the drill on Saturday, adding that "we see them on a regular basis".

Perry's message came the same day as Trump's tweets undermining his own State Department's talks with North Korea.

Tillerson told reporters that the US has "direct channels" to Pyongyang on Saturday. "We can talk to them, we do talk to them directly, through our own channels", adding that the U.S. has "a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang". "I think if North Korea would stop firing all the missiles, that would calm down things a lot".

Notwithstanding confirmations that the United States isn't occupied with advancing the crumple of the present administration, seeking after administration change, quickening reunification of the North and South or activating powers north of the DMZ, North Korean authorities have demonstrated no sign that they are keen on or are prepared for talks in regards to denuclearization, U.S. State Department official Heather Nauert, said in a statement.

Mr Tillerson's comments marked the first confirmation that backchannel discussions have been taking place as North Korea's nuclear tests and a war of words between the two leaders sparked fears of a military conflict. Via Twiter, Mr Trump told Mr Tillerson he was wasting his energy.




The main goal of the initial contacts through the diplomatic back-channel between the Trump State Department and North Korea's mission at the United Nations was the freedom of several American citizens imprisoned in North Korea, although US officials have told The Associated Press there were broader discussions about U.S.

"We have lines of communication with Pyongyang".

Uneasy over Trump's bellicose tone, China and Russian Federation have both appealed to the USA to have talks with North Korea, and Tillerson's revelation was welcomed today by Germany.

That's a reference to leader Kim Jong Un. "North Korea would be well advised to take this offer of talks seriously". At the same time, increased sanctions and diplomatic pressure have done little to force North Korea to alter course. Trump has pressed for sterner measures against the North by China, the North's chief trading partner and source of aid and diplomatic support. Beijing resolvedly contradicts steps that could cut down Kim's government funding, yet shows up progressively ready to fix the screws.

Trump also signed an executive order penalizing any company or person doing business with North Korea.

Trump said in a series of tweets.

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S.

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