Tillerson keen to talk but North Korea shows no interest

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Trump has nicknamed North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as "little rocket man".

He also told the global body that "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime".

Trump's brief statement on Twitter came just a day after Tillerson announced the United States is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea on a trip to China.

Tillerson told reporters that the US has "direct channels" to Pyongyang on Saturday.

But the Secretary appeared to walk back those comments later in the day, saying North Korea doesn't appear ready to talk or negotiate. "But if we don't ramp up the diplomatic side, it's possible that we end up cornered", he added.

On Sunday afteroon, he added: "Being nice to Rocket Man hasn't worked in 25 years, why would it work now?"

"I won't fail", he wrote. For now, the United States seems open to seeing what North Korea wants or is willing to talk about: "We haven't gotten that far yet", he said.

The disclosure came as Tillerson expressed hope for reducing tensions with North Korea, which is fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland. "We can talk, we talk to them", has hammered the head of american diplomacy.

"I said, "I'm sorry, Sir, with all due respect, it's not my President's tweets, it's the fact you have a leader, an isolated, desperate leader who's lobbying ICBMs [intercontinental ballistic missiles] and threatening to nuclearise them.let's not get sidetracked here", Brown said. We have lines of communication with Pyongyang.

On Sunday, President Trump logged online to enjoy a day of harassing Puerto Ricans, boycotting the National Football League, and bypassing his "wonderful" Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to launch vague threats at North Korea.

The US has not ruled out the use of force to compel Pyongyang to halt missile and nuclear tests, and last week Mr Trump threatened to "totally destroy" the country.

Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital Pyongyang, South Korea's Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported on Friday. The North Korean regime reneged on those deals by carrying out new nuclear and missile tests.

The White House denied that the United States had declared war with North Korea.

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