Tillerson says the U.S. is in direct contact with North Korea

The United States is in direct communication with the government of North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday in Beijing. “We are probing, so stay tuned,” Tillerson said in response to a question about possible negotiations with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. “We ask, ‘Would you like to talk?’ We have lines of communications to Pyongyang — we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout,” he continued. “We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang.” Tillerson clarified that this outreach has occurred “directly,” not via Chinese mediation.

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