The Trump administration admitted for the first time that it is in direct contact with North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the acknowledgment during a trip to China on Saturday, adding that Washington was ‘probing’ for potential dialogue with Pyongyang.
‘We are probing, so stay tuned,’ Tillerson told reporters.
‘We ask: “Would you like to talk?” We have lines of communications to Pyongyang. We’re not in a dark situation.
‘We have a couple of direct channels to Pyongyang. We can talk to them. We do talk to them. Directly, through our own channels.’
Tillerson also said the administration’s goal is to resolve the issue with North Korea peacefully.
‘We’ve made it clear that we hope to resolve this through talks,’ he said.
‘I think the most immediate action that we need is to calm things down. They’re a little overheated right now, and I think we need to calm them down first.’