North Korea diplomacy continues until first ‘bomb drops’: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson says that US President Donald Trump 'has made clear to me that he wants this solved diplomatically. He is not seeking to go to war.'

By: AP | Washington | Published: October 15, 2017 10:23 pm
Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, north korea, world news, us-north korea ties US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington. (Source: AP Photo/ File)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis ‘will continue until the first bomb drops.’ But it was only recently that President Donald Trump tweeted that Tillerson was ‘wasting his time’ trying to negotiate with the leader of the nuclear-armed nation.

Tillerson says in a television interview that Trump ‘has made clear to me that he wants this solved diplomatically. He is not seeking to go to war.’

Mixed messaging from Washington has raised concerns about the potential for miscalculation amid the increasingly bellicose exchange of words by Trump and Kim.

North Korea has launched missiles that potentially can strike the US mainland and recently conducted its largest ever underground nuclear explosion. It’s threatened to explode another nuclear bomb above the Pacific.

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