Asked if the President's tweets indicate he has chose to abandon the diplomatic track on North Korea, a senior administration official told CNN: "We are still committed to a diplomatic approach".
And Kim Jong-un claimed the U.S. leader is hell-bent on the "suicidal act of inviting a nuclear disaster that will reduce America to a sea of flames".
Trump tweets this advice to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: "Save your energy, Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" 'We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang, ' Trump's secretary of state acknowledged.
In early August, Trump warned the USA would rain down "fire and fury" on North Korea, saying the United States would destroy the nation of some 25 million people if its dictator's threats against the U.S. and its allies continued.
So far, Rex Tillerson, has ensured that the China -main economic partner of North Korea - was not an intermediary in the communications between Washington and Pyongyang: what are "our own channel",-he said.
As Tillerson stated, the United States and the DPRK governments communicate directly over the issue of "nuclear and missile tests". "And I think we need to calm them down first", said Tillerson.
Despite his tough criticism of China's trade practices, Trump has forged a personal connection with Xi over phone calls and while hosting him in Florida, during which they agreed on four high-level dialogues to cover various aspects of relations. They include the two nations' U.N. missions, regular exchanges between senior diplomats, and unofficial discussions between North Korean officials and former USA officials.
He said: "The whole situation is a bit overheated right now". Secretary of State confirmed that the USA has to continue an economic pressure on the DPRK to force it to cancel its missile and nuclear programs. Others said the tweets might represent a "good cop-bad cop approach" to North Korea that may or may not be misguided or bear fruit.
"At a time when North Korea is continuing its provocations, the president does not think now is the time to negotiate with them", the official said.
Tillerson, facing criticism at home for his muted impact as the top USA diplomat, may also be seeking to put his own stamp on the relationship.