It has been at least one week since North Korea used their military might to provoke the United States, and we may now understand why that is.
The options for the U.S. when it comes to defusing the threat of Kim Jong Un and North Korea are not great, to say the least. The maniacal leader of the DPRK has demonstrated a willingness to antagonize the entire global community simply to annoy the United States. This has led a great many military minds to worry about the retaliations that he may take against U.S. allies in the region should American military action be initiated against him.
Meanwhile, Kim and his goons continue to make it nearly impossible for any diplomatic options to be effective.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in all of his resourcefulness, may have circumvented the dainty dictator according to new reports.
“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday during his visit to China that the U.S. is “probing” North Korea for talks and the two countries have communications with Pyongyang.
“Tillerson said the U.S. has contacted the hermit kingdom to see if it was interested in talks and the two countries have “lines of communications to Pyongyang,” Reuters reported.
“’We are probing, so stay tuned,’ Tillerson told reporters in China. ‘We ask: Would you like to talk? We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang. We’re not in a dark situation.’
“At the same time, The New York Times reported the U.S. government and North Korean government have ‘direct communication’ with one another over its ‘nuclear and missile tests.’
“When reporters asked if the U.S. worked with China to communicate with North Korea, Tillerson said no, according to the Times.”
Tillerson went on to reiterate that the United States had their own, direct line into the hermit kingdom.
This would mark a major breakthrough in relations between the two sparring nations, and could provide a glimmer of hope for the world at large in their hope to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. Now that a direct line of communication between Tillerson and someone in North Korea has been established, perhaps the diminutive despot can be convinced to cease his needless posturing and give up his quest for atomic weapons.