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Tillerson Plays Good Cop on North Korea in Beijing Trip

  • U.S. has direct communication with Kim’s regime: Tillerson
  • Trump administration has divergent views on pressuring Kim
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Trump Talks Down Tillerson's North Korea Outreach

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s public acknowledgment that the U.S. has direct channels to North Korea has underscored his role as an administration moderate when it comes to reining in the regime over its nuclear weapons.

After starting his term with a swing through Asia where he said talks with Pyongyang wouldn’t be productive, Tillerson, on a one-day trip to Beijing, left the door open to negotiations. That’s a stance that runs counter to what others in the U.S. administration -- including President Donald Trump -- have said.