Tillerson admits the United States has direct channel of communication with North Korea

"The common interests of our two countries far exceed our differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice", Xi told Tillerson. Among senior Cabinet officials, Tillerson's aversion to such language is shared only by Mattis, who said "we're never out of diplomatic solutions" when he was asked about Trump's tweet.

The U.S. top diplomat was in Beijing for a visit to prepare for U.S. President Donald Trump's state visit to China later this year.

The acting USA assistant secretary of state for East Asia, Susan Thornton, told sceptical U.S. lawmakers ahead of Tillerson's trip that China appears to be on board with the plan to squeeze Pyongyang.

Tillerson expressed hope for reducing tensions with North Korea, which is fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland. Tillerson, however, was quick to push back against any comparisons.

The fundamental point of the underlying contacts was to look for the flexibility of a few American residents detained in North Korea, in spite of the fact that U.S. authorities have disclosed to journalists that there were more extensive talks about U.S. - North Korean relations.

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"At present it's an impasse, neither the US nor North Korea dares to initiate a war despite fierce rhetoric", Shi said. Not only the moral ground, but also in a better position to guide negotiations.

While Tillerson avowed that the US would not perceive North Korea a nuclear power, he likewise said the Trump administration had no expectation of endeavoring to remove Kim. "The Trump administration should continue the robust pressure campaign that's starting to produce results". "North Korean officials have shown no indication that they are interested in or are ready for talks regarding denuclearization", she said.

Tillerson's remarks followed a day of meetings in Beijing, which has been alarmed by recent exchanges of war-like threats and personal insults between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Trump. Kim responded by calling Trump a "dotard" and warning of the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history". "The whole situation is a bit overheated right now", he said.

North Korea has as of late, tested long-range missiles that possibly could hit the USA, and on September 3 led its biggest nuclear test to date.

  • Sonia Alvarado