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Trump on North Korea: 'Talking is not the answer!'

FILE- In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

President Donald Trump declared on Twitter Wednesday that “talking is not the answer” to the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program.

“The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years,” he wrote two days after Kim Jong Un’s regime launched a missile over Japan. “Talking is not the answer!”

Trump’s dismissal of talking appears to be at odds with recent statements by his secretary of state calling for renewed negotiations.

“We’re going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign, as I have described it, working with allies, working with China as well, to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table with a view to begin a dialogue on a different future for the Korean Peninsula and for North Korea,” Secretary Rex Tillerson said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Tillerson's comments came in response to North Korea testing three short-range missiles last Friday in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“We continue to want the Kim regime to understand there is a different path that he can choose,” he told host Chris Wallace. “The international community has been quite clear with the unanimous 15 to nothing approval of the UN Security Council resolution imposing the most stringent sanctions ever to be imposed on North Korea. There is also a unified international voice echoing our messages that no one wants to see a nuclear Korean Peninsula. So we are all unified in our mission to see a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. We hope for the opportunity to engage with them as to how we might achieve that.”

Trump and Tillerson have sent mixed messages on the issue before. Earlier this month, Trump promised “fire and fury like the world has never seen” in response to North Korean threats, while Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis emphasized peaceful diplomatic solutions.

Asked by reporters Tuesday about the missile test over Japan, Tillerson just responded, “We’ll have more to say about it later.”

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