US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confers with President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly in New York, in September. Photo: Reuters

Trump and Tillerson play word games on talks with North Korea

Donald Kirk says the US secretary of state’s remarks on talks with Pyongyang were evidently for show, as neither North Korea nor Washington appears interested in meeting the other’s conditions for dialogue

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confers with President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly in New York, in September. Photo: Reuters
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.