Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sat down with CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday to reassure the American people he is doing everything he can to avoid a war with North Korea.
Tillerson said he will use all the time he has to finalize diplomatic negotiations with the rogue nation.
“I’m going to use all the time available to me,” Tillerson said. “Our diplomatic efforts will continue until that first bomb drops. My job is to never have a reason for the first bomb to drop. And we don’t know precisely how much time is left on the clock.”
Tillerson also said he has a responsibility to keep the lines of communication open and be prepared to act whenever the time comes.
“My job as chief diplomat is to ensure that the North Koreans know, we keep our channels open, I’m listening,” he concluded. “I’m not sending a lot of messages back, because there’s nothing to say to them at this point. So, I’m listening for you to tell me you’re ready to talk.”
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