US - North Korea direct talks unveiled

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US - North Korea direct talks unveiled

BEIJING: The United States said on Saturday it was directly communicating with North Korea, seeking to start a dialogue with Pyongyang as its advancing nuclear and missile programs stoke fears of an armed confrontation.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the disclosure about the communications during a trip to China and said it was important to find a way to reduce tensions with North Korea.

"We are probing, so stay tuned," Tillerson told a group of reporters in Beijing.

"We ask: `Would you like to talk?` We have lines of communications to Pyongyang. We`re not in a dark situation, a blackout."