The Hill has a piece out this morning leading with Trump saying ‘It is a waste of time ‘ to talk to North Korea….
Yea , Right?
While Trump and Kim where ranting at each other?
American and North Korean’s have been talking directly to each other….
Trump’s comment to his Sec of State does NOT mean that the talking will stop(And it ofcourse is meant as slight to Tillerson for ‘outing ‘this)…It just means that Donald Trump is interjecting his views and the media is reporting them…America is STILL seeking a diplomatic solution with the North Koreans while exerting pressue on them to back away from their nucler program…..This is plain ‘deal’ maneuvering …..
Remember….The Trump’s General’s KNOW what War is…Trump does NOT….
The Trump administration acknowledged on Saturday for the first time that it was in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests, seeking a possible way forward beyond the escalating threats of a military confrontation from both sides.
“We are probing, so stay tuned,” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said, when pressed about how he might begin a conversation with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, that could avert what many government officials fear is a significant chance of open conflict between the two countries.
“We ask, ‘Would you like to talk?’ We have lines of communications to Pyongyang — we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout,” he added. “We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang,” a reference to North Korea’s capital….
It also turns out that Trump has ordered the American Government to use whatever means it can to pressure the North Korean’s….(China has begun to crack down on the North Korea’s also….)
The efforts have been MUCH more extensive than previously reported….
Early in his administration, President Trump signed a directive outlining a strategy of pressure against North Korea that involved actions across a broad spectrum of government agencies and led to the use of military cyber-capabilities, according to U.S. officials.
As part of the campaign, U.S. Cyber Command targeted hackers in North Korea’s military spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, by barraging their computer servers with traffic that choked off Internet access.
Trump’s directive, a senior administration official said, also included instructions to diplomats and officials to bring up North Korea in virtually every conversation with foreign interlocutors and urge them to sever all ties with Pyongyang. Those conversations have had significant success, particularly in recent weeks as North Korea has tested another nuclear weapon and ballistic missiles, officials said.
So pervasive is the diplomatic campaign that some governments have found themselves scrambling to find any ties with North Korea….