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Trump says North Korea talks are 'waste of time' - Financial Times

Donald Trump dismissed the prospect of talks with Pyongyang as pointless barely a day after his secretary of state said the US was using new channels of communication to weigh the possibility of negotiations with North Korea about its nuclear programme ...and more »

Rex Tillerson: US has direct lines of communication with North Korea - The Guardian

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, looks on as China's President Xi Jinping walks to his seat during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Saturday. Photograph: Pool/Reuters. The United States is exploring whether North Korea ...and more »

US in Direct Communication With North Korea, Says Tillerson - New York Times

BEIJING — The Trump administration acknowledged on Saturday for the first time that it was in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests, seeking a possible way forward beyond the escalating threats of a ...and more »

North Korean companies in China ordered to close - Financial Times

China has ordered North Korean companies operating within its borders to shut down as Beijing tightens the screws on Pyongyang amid the latest round of UN sanctions. China's ministry of commerce said in a statement late on Thursday that it was giving ...and more »

Trump signed presidential directive ordering actions to pressure North Korea - Washington Post

Early in his administration, President Trump signed a directive outlining a strategy of pressure against North Korea that involved actions across a broad spectrum of government agencies and led to the use of military cyber-capabilities, according to U ...and more »

US talking to North Korea 'directly,' Rex Tillerson says - ABC News

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks on as Chinese President Xi Jinping walks to his seat during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sept. 30, 2017. more +. 0 Shares. Email. The Trump administration confirmed Saturday for the first ...and more »

On China's border with North Korea, a constricted economic lifeline is still a lifeline - Washington Post

DANDONG, China — The trucks still rumble across the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, and a nearby pipeline still pumps crude oil to keep the regime alive in Pyongyang. But here in the Chinese city of Dandong, at the center of this country's trade with ...and more »

China to shut down North Korean companies - BBC News

China has told North Korean companies operating in its territory to close down as it implements United Nations sanctions against the reclusive state. The companies will be shut by early January. Joint Chinese and North Korean ventures will also be ...and more »

What to Expect From Tillerson's Trip to China - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is heading to China over the weekend, where he will have meetings with top level officials including China's President Xi Jinping. WSJ's Gerald F. Seib previews the top issues: trade, the South China Sea, North Korea ...and more »

North Korea and US 'in direct contact', says Tillerson - BBC News

The US is in "direct contact" with North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said. Mr Tillerson said Washington was "probing" the possibility of talks with Pyongyang, "so stay tuned". "We have lines of communications to Pyongyang," he said ...and more »