Diplomacy with North Korea to continue until 'first bomb drops': Tillerson

ANI | Updated: Oct 16, 2017 03:06 IST

Washington D.C. [USA] Oct. 16 (ANI): US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday asserted that his diplomatic efforts to relax tensed relations with North Korea will continue "until the first bomb drops".

Tillerson averred that United States President Donald Trump has instructed him to try and reduce stress between the two nations through diplomatic efforts.

"Those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops," Tillerson said, reported CNN.

Tillerson said President Trump has always stressed on solving the nuclear testing issue of North Korea diplomatically.

"The president has also made clear to me that he wants this solved diplomatically," Tillerson said.

"He is not seeking to go to war," he continued.

Few weeks ago, Tillerson from china asserted that he had direct lines of communication with North Korea and was seeking to cool tensions between Pyongyang and the United States.

However, in few hours Trump took to his social media handle and said that Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea.

The tension between the two nuclear power countries have intensified as North Korea continues to develop and threaten the use of its nuclear weapons.

Trump on the other hand has issued sanctioned to completely isolate Pyongyang if it continues to test its ballistic missiles. (ANI)