The United States has "channels of communication" with North Korea

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When President Trump gave Kim Jong-un the nickname of 'Rocket Man, ' he says he thought the North Korean leader would take it as a compliment.

"Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!"

On Saturday, Tillerson had alluded to several remaining channels of communication between the U.S. and North Korea, saying he had asked them, "Would you like to talk?"

Thus, Ri said at the United Nations, North Korea would shoot down USA bombers flying near the Korean peninsula.

China's Foreign Ministry, in separate statements on Tillerson's meetings with Yang and Wang, simply said they exchanged views on the situation on the Korean peninsula, without elaborating.

A State Department official told Business Insider on Sunday that though the U.S. has been "probing through our normal channels", North Korean officials have not responded "with any indication that they want to engage in substantive discussions".

According to the US State Department, North Korea has shown no indication they are interested in, or ready for, talks about denuclearisation. "We ask, Would you like to talk?"

Ms Bishop told the ABC's Insiders program on Sunday that Mr Tiller had "indicated to me that as part of his efforts to bring China into the collective strategy, to impose economic sanctions on North Korea, he was also back channelling".

North Korea, meanwhile, has continued testing missiles and is threatening to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific and to shoot down USA military aircraft off its coast.

Trump will have an opportunity to speak for himself with respect to North Korea when he visits Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines in November.

Even more unpopular, however, are the president's frequent Twitter outbursts against North Korea and "little Rocket Man".

"I think the most immediate action that we need is to calm things down", Tillerson added. He further insisted that they "won't be around much longer" after North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said that Trump was "on a suicide mission" that is making "our rocket's visit to the entire US mainland all the more".

The President's comments arrived less than 24 hours after Tillerson said the United States was in direct contact with North Korean officials.

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