Trump Tells Tillerson To Stop Negotiating With "Little Rocket Man": "We'll Do What Has To Be Done"

One day after Rex Tillerson revealed for the first time that the US has been in direct - if secret - contact with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests, a stunning revelation considering that administration officials have until this point insisted that there has been only limited, indirect contact between the White House and the Kim regime,  Trump, in his latest Sunday morning tirade, tweeted his Secretary of State to effectively stop negotiating with "Little Rocket Man" and to save his energy as Save your energy as Trump will "do what has to be done."

"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!"

According to a handful of kneejerk reactions by conflict analysts, Trump's statement is effectively an admission that war appears inevitable as diplomatic negotiations, largely for optical purposes, are doomed to failure. Of course, this could be just Trump's latest attempt at posturing, coupled with a resumption in bilateral escalations with North Korea. It is also a very troubling, and cavalier way to gamble with millions of people's lives.

As reported yesterday, during a press conference on Saturday in China, Tillerson said “we are probing, so stay tuned,” when asked about how he might begin a conversation with Kim Jong-un. Following Tillerson's surprising admission of high level contact with Pyongyang, the NYT compared the secret backchanneling to a strategy used by the Obama administration to help forge what became the Iran deal – a comparison that Tillerson swiftly pushed back against. “We are not going to put a deal together with North Korea that’s as flimsy as the one in Iran,” he said. He added that the situation is different and that the North already has nuclear weapons, while Iran was still years away from obtaining them. 

“We ask, ‘Would you like to talk?’ We have lines of communication to Pyongyang – we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout. We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang,” he added, speaking at the residence of the US ambassador to Beijing after a meeting with China’s top leadership. He would not say if the North Koreans had responded, beyond a heated exchange of threats in recent weeks. Trump has repeatedly threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, while the North has threatened to conduct a nuclear test over the Pacific Ocean, and to shoot down US aircraft flying in international waters if they come uncomfortably close to North Korean territory. 

When asked whether those channels ran through China, he shook his head. “Directly,” he said. “We have our own channels.”Tillerson added that the most important thing was to lower the tensions between the two countries.

"I think everyone would like for it to calm down." Everyone, except for Trump it appears, who is now - at least based on his public tweeting - attempting to sabotage the diplomatic process and proceed right to the next step. Which merely further underscores why, as the WaPo reported last week, North Korea has been quietly seeking the help of Republican-linked analysts in Washington to "figure out Trump."

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Escrava Isaura max2205 Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:22 Permalink

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You have no clue of what you’re talking about. Being fake in developing real estate is bad. But, in politics, it can be deadly. Trump doesn’t understand reputation. Tradition. Different cultures. It’s poor judgment conducting any policy by ‘intentionally’ misleading. Sets very bad precedents for the US. North Korea is just one nation. All the while Trump still have to negotiate with many other nations.     

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Bes Life of Illusion Sun, 10/01/2017 - 11:36 Permalink

good thing we didn't elect an interventionistwith a hard-on forthe Military Industrial ComplexIsrael/Saudi Arabiaand the Police/Prison State.hahahaha! the drums are beating and trump is choosing the rhythm.but the trumptards and trumpflakes chalk it up to 3D chess.trump wants his war.  needs his war.  and will get his war(s).you know trump is watching Spain and he wishes he could do that to anyone who disagrees with hisamazing policy. fuck trump and anyone marching us over that cliff.#maga 

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Escrava Isaura curbjob Sun, 10/01/2017 - 11:22 Permalink

I think Ivanka should take her dad for some counseling. What’s the big deal with North Korea? It’s a poor nation. I think Rhode Island economy is twice their size. Ohhh! I remember. Geography. It’s next to China.  
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Shemp 4 Victory Oldwood Sun, 10/01/2017 - 11:54 Permalink

 

And all of our prior "negotiations" and talks have been hugely productive?

Of course not. The US has still not learned to keep its part of the bargain.http://www.38north.org/2015/05/jlewis051415/

Are we simply going to ignore what got us here and pretend that the progressive tact of infinite doubling down of failed policies will FINALLY work?

Hopefully not. Threats and demands masquerading as diplomacy are a total failure. The US needs to try something completely different, such as honest negotiations, true diplomacy, and keeping its promises.

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Giant Meteor Oldwood Sun, 10/01/2017 - 11:58 Permalink

Seems every weekend, usually right about this time, although sometimes on Saturday, we are treated to more North Korea saber rattling .. Frankly what I think or believe on the matter doesn't count for much ..On the other hand, it also appears, diversions of all sorts are needed to cover for a failing, failed system, and it becomes increasingly more imperative to cast a wide net to the villains, covering for the crimes from within ..I am neither a never Trumper, nor a Trumpbot . I'm not buying into any of it .. I simply see the usual bullshit as just another metaphor for a failed political, social, and economic system, largely in decay, from within not only the confines of the US, but globally , We have seen this act before ..Now I will say, sooner or later, the bill comes due .. 

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tmosley Shemp 4 Victory Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:37 Permalink

I take it you don't understand why your comment above borders on triplethink. Let me break it down for you:You say that Trump never reads, then you say that he is doing exactly what Sun Tzu says to do (ie the US is, in fact, weak, and thus he is acting strong). That is straight up doublethink. Then you go on to say that Trump's fire and fury speach was a sign of weakness. This is where you border on triple-think, as you sort of imply that the US is actually strong and that it is Trump that is projecting weakness, though you could be claiming that the US is weak and that Trump is following Sun-Tzu and thus pretending to be strong when weak.Basically, your entire thought process is a MESS.

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Shemp 4 Victory tmosley Sun, 10/01/2017 - 13:05 Permalink

 

Let me break it down for you

What you have actually done is break down your own convoluted thought process. The only way that you're able to maintain faith in your idol is by painting his actions as some sort of 11-dimensional chess game peppered with plots within plots and conspiracies within conspiracies.Using the time-honored US citizen tradition of projection, you label as simple-minded plebes anyone who doesn't follow the labyrinthine theories you continue to weave.http://thesaker.is/make-no-mistake-the-latest-us-thuggery-is-a-sign-of-…

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tmosley Dirtnapper Sun, 10/01/2017 - 11:59 Permalink

Not Kim, but the other members of his regime. Kim knows what is going on very well, as he has proven to be an adept negotiator with his obvious (to anyone who knows about persuasion) pacing of Trump. I strongly suspect that had it been fully up to Kim, this conflict would have ended the day he took office. But it wasn't. He has instead consolidated his power with ruthlessness and efficiency so that high ranking military/party members can't depose him, and has been waiting for an opportunity to end the madness.In the meantime, it seems that he has been implementing capitalist reforms, allowing farmers markets and such, which has lead directly to an end of the famines that plagued his father and grandfather. Of course, he has done many despicable things, like the assassination/execution of family members, at home and abroad, as well as the perpetuation of gulags and such for those who never did anything against him or even the state. But that seems to all the means to an end, and with Trump, now the end is in sight.Just has to find a way forward that doesn't include his imprisonment/execution. Trump will be a willing partner for this.

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poland spring tmosley Sun, 10/01/2017 - 16:24 Permalink

Trump is. One of the best negotiators I know. Keep the enemy always guessing. Go to extreme to get best possible deal. Give the appearance of waffling to keep them on their toes. Send people out to communicate 1 thing, see how they give in or respond, while saying something else. He is a shrewd New York businessman who has been dealing his whole life with all kinds of people. With tyrants, you must speak the language of toughness with a tinge of craziness. 

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