Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has softened America's stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it "unrealistic" to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing. And we are ready to have a first meeting without preconditions. Tillerson said it's unrealistic to say the USA would only engage in dialogue with Pyongyang on the condition the regime abandons its nuclear development program. "Let's just meet, and we can talk about the weather if you want. But can we at least sit down and see each other face to face, and then we can begin to lay out a map, a roadmap of what we might be willing to work towards".
Tillerson had said in August that "a condition of those talks is there is no future where North Korea holds nuclear weapons".
It was different from the previous USA stance demanding the DPRK show its honest attitude toward denuclearization first before launching any dialogue with Pyongyang. When asked if he enjoyed his job, Tillerson replied that he was learning to enjoy it but did not enjoy the task of dealing with countries such as Pakistan and North Korea.
"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man", the president tweeted, "Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" A Korean source told EIR that the Korean press is reporting a meeting between North and South Korea high level representatives in China in the past days, although there appears to be no English language reporting of such a meeting.
"The Secretary outlined the United States' new South Asia Strategy and the vital role that Pakistan can play in working with the United States and others to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan that can bring stability and security to the region", said the statement from the U.S. embassy. Not long after this revelation, President Donald Trump tweeted that attempting to talk to "Rocket Man" Kim Jong Un is a complete waste of time. Before Tillerson's comments, Pyongyang had hinted at the possibility of engaging in dialogue with the United States.