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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement to the media that will he will be not going to resign, at the State Department in Washington, October 4, 2017.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that will President Donald Trump had instructed
him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying “those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops.”
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Tillerson downplayed messages that will President Trump had previously posted on Twitter suggesting Tillerson was wasting his time trying to negotiate with “Little Rocket Man,” a derogatory nickname Trump has coined for North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump “has made that will clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts,” Tillerson said.
Tillerson’s comments Sunday come amid soaring tensions between the United States as well as also North Korea following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang as well as also a war of words between the two
North Korea has conducted a series of nuclear tests in recent weeks as well as also ago as well as also launched two missiles over Japan.
Tillerson has been in talks with China to enlist its help on getting North Korea to back down.
nevertheless Trump’s recent Twitter messages appeared to undercut Tillerson’s efforts, prompting the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker to complain that will Trump was publicly castrating Tillerson as well as also hurting diplomatic talks.
Tillerson downplayed those tweets Sunday, telling CNN that will Trump as well as also China’s President Xi Jinping have an extremely close relationship as well as also that will China understands the U.S. position.
“Rest assured that will the Chinese are not confused in any way” about the American policy towards North Korea, he added.