Tillerson says USA has direct channels to talk to North Korea

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REUTERS A war of words is escalating between North Korea and the US
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01 October, 2017

On Saturday, the Secretary of State said that the U.S. 'have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang.' So far, the leader of the North Korea prefers to avert any possibilities of the talks, so the diplomats and top officials from many countries offered their good services in this dark situation. A few hours earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that America and North Korea have "direct communication" about the matter. But trying to tamp down expectations, the U.S. State Department later released a statement that Pyongyang hasn't shown any interest in dialogue with Washington.

Trump plans to visit to China in November, and this weekend, Tillerson will begin laying the groundwork for that visit.

China doesn't want Tillerson's visit to be consumed by North Korea.

South Korean officials have voiced concerns that North Korea could conduct more provocative acts near the anniversary of the founding of its communist party on October 10, or possibly when China holds its Communist Party Congress on October 18.

Tillerson's remarks followed a day of meetings in Beijing, which has become increasingly more concerned with the war of words taking place between the USA and the North.

China commended the USA commitment to resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Friday, calling on Washington to convert its resolve into concrete actions. After visiting China this week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said there's been some progress, including a deal to let U.S. beef into China, but they need to tackle "bigger things and more hard things".

Trump gave a combative speech recently at the U.N. General Assembly in which he mocked Kim as "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

On Thursday, China said it was ordering North Korean firms on its territory to close by January.

In addition to North Korea, the USA and China have other security concerns to address. Trump said that if compelled to protect itself or its partners, the U.S. "We're not in a dark situation", he added.

The presidents' upcoming meeting promises to be grander and more choreographed than the informal talks in Florida that were most memorable for Trump's ordering a missile strike on Syria and then informing Xi about it afterward as they ate chocolate cake.


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