U.S. diplomat not waste time to negotiate with North Korea says Trump

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump points to Marine One as he departs for Bedminster, New Jersey, from the White House in Washington, U.S., September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
Vastavam web: Donald Trump told the top U.S. diplomat not to waste his time trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Trump wrote on Twitter, using his sarcastic nickname for Kim.Tillerson said during a trip to China on Saturdaythat the United States had multiple direct channels of communication with Pyongyang, the first such disclosure from the Trump administration, and that it was probing North Korea to see whether it is interested in dialogue.
A senior U.S. official, asked for clarification about Trump’s Sunday morning tweets about North Korea, played down the significance of the communication channels.“At a time when North Korea is continuing its provocations, the president does not think now is the time to negotiate with them,” the official said.The official also said that to the extent that diplomatic channels exist between Washington and Pyongyang, they are aimed at securing the return of Americans detained by North Korea.