US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday it’s premature to have direct negotiations with Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) currently.
His statements made in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa where he started a five nation African tour seemed to downplay recent statements by President Donald Trump indicating willingness to talk with DPRK.
DPRK has in recent weeks made conciliatory gestures in particular towards US ally South Korea offering talks on its nuclear weapons program.
Tillerson nevertheless said the US appreciated positive signals coming from DPRK.
“There are potential positive signals coming from Pyongyang by way of intra-dialogue with South Korea, we maintain close communications with South Korea, and they’re keeping us well informed of their meetings and the content and nature of the meetings” he said.
“We’re a long way from direct talks US-DPRK negotiations, we’re very clear eyed and realistic about it, the first step is to have talks about talks” said Tillerson. (Enditem)