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President Trump said Tillerson was 'wasting his time' talking to North Korea


Updated October 01, 2017 04:00 PM EDT

President Donald Trump said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with the government of North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man...."Trump said in a series of tweets Sunday morning. "Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!"

Hours later, President Trump added: "Being nice to Rocket Man hasn't worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won't fail."

This comes after Tillerson spoke a t a news conference in Beijing on Saturday and said that the U.S. government had direct lines of communication to North Korea and wants to "calm things down."

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday that the U.S. has direct lines of communication to North Korea and wants to "calm things down."

Tillerson spoke at a news conference in Beijing about the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

"I think the most immediate action that we need is to calm things down," Tillerson said. "They're a little overheated right now, and I think we need to calm them down first."

Tillerson said the Trump administration hopes to resolves these issues, emphasizing that the objective "is a peaceful resolution."

"We are probing, so stay tuned," Tillerson said. "We ask, 'Would you like to talk?' We have lines of communications to Pyongyang. We're not in a dark situation or a blackout. We have a couple of direct channels to Pyongyang. We can talk to them. We do talk to them. Directly, through our own channels."

In a statement on Saturday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Pyongyang has not signaled an interest in denuclearization talks with the U.S. government.

"U.S. diplomats have several open channels in which we can communicate with officials within the North Korean regime," Nauert said. "Despite assurances that the United States is not interested in promoting the collapse of the current regime, pursuing regime change, accelerating reunification of the peninsula or mobilizing forces north of the DMZ, North Korean officials have shown no indication that they are interested in or are ready for talks regarding denuclearization."

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