Tillerson: US Diplomacy With North Korea Will Continue Until “The First Bomb Drops”

Sunday, October 15, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Oct 15, 2017

Two weekends after Trump publicly snubbed and mocked Rex Tillerson’s attempts to achieve a diplomatic resolution with North Korea, when the president tweeted that “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man… Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” just one day after Tillerson revealed for the first time that the US has been in direct, if secret, contact with Pyongyang over its missile and nuclear tests, on Sunday morning the Secretary of State – who remains in hot water with Trump over the recent NBC report that he called the president a “fucking moron” – doubled down and said that Trump had instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying “those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops.”

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Tillerson said Trump is trying to “motivate action” on North Korea, adding that the president wants to be clear that he has military options on the table.

“The president has also made clear to me that he wants this solved diplomatically,” Tillerson said but explained that “[Trump] is not seeking to go to war.”

He said Trump has made it clear Tillerson should continue his diplomatic efforts in North Korea. “Those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops,” Tillerson said while White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president would do whatever is necessary to prevent an attack from North Korea on the U.S.

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