The president again called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “little rocket man” in a tweet – and revealed he’s told Rex Tillerson, the US’s top diplomat, to stop trying to talk to the rogue country’s leader, calling him once again “little rocket man”.

He tweeted: “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.”

Many took his Twitter post to mean he was threatening military action against North Korea.

 

 

 

 




Donald Trump ’s inability for diplomacy increased tensions between the US and North Korea when he told his Secretary of State not to bother with for peaceful negotiations.

On Saturday it emerged Rex Tillerson had made a breakthrough over the rogue nation’s missile and nuclear tests having opened up direct communication with Kim Jong-un’s government .

But today Trump undermined the development while again taunting the North Korean

Trump followed up his tweet attacking three previous Presidents for failing to prevent North Korea from building a nuclear arsenal before boasting he would stop Kim.

He wrote: “Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail.”

Tillerson has been seeking a possible way forward beyond the escalating threats of a military confrontation from both sides which could lead to a mass loss of life.

“We are probing, so stay tuned,” the Secretary of State said when asked about how he might begin a conversation with Kim that could avert open conflict between the two countries.

Kim Jong-un’s regime has flouted international sanctions to develop its missile programme (Image: REUTERS)
Mr Tillerson previously pledged to pursue all diplomatic options with North Korea(Image: REUTERS)

“We ask, ‘Would you like to talk?’ We have lines of communications to Pyongyang – we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout,” he added.

“We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang,” a reference to North Korea’s capital.

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 the United States and President Trump vowing to “totally destroy” North Korea.

So far, Kim’s government has shown no interest in a serious negotiation.