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US in direct communication with North Korea, says Rex Tillerson

The two countries have been trading public threats over North Korea's nuclear program with the North declaring that its missiles have the capacity to strike US and Trump vowing to totally destroy them

David E Sanger | NYT 

The Trump administration acknowledged on Saturday for the first time that it was in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests, seeking a possible way forward beyond the escalating threats of a military confrontation from both sides. “We are probing, so stay tuned,” Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson said, when pressed about how he might begin a conversation with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, that could avert what many government officials fear is a significant chance of open conflict between the two ...

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First Published: Sun, October 01 2017. 14:46 IST