Changing message: Rex Tillerson stated.Trump had been open to talks 'for some time', despite an interview just hours earlier when he said US was 'a long way from negotiations' with Kim

Tillerson says Trump made decision to meet Kim himself

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The decision to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un for talks was all down to President Trump himself, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated.on Friday.  

Tillerson stated.Trump had been open to talks ‘for some time’, despite saying just hours before the announcement that the United States was ‘a long way from negotiations’ with North Korea.

The White House confirmed on Thursday evening that the President had accepted an invitation from Kim Jong-Un to meet, but did not specify a time and place. 

Changing message: Rex Tillerson stated.Trump had been open to talks 'for some time', despite an interview just hours earlier when he said US was 'a long way from negotiations' with Kim

Changing message: Rex Tillerson stated.Trump had been open to talks 'for some time', despite an interview just hours earlier when he said US was 'a long way from negotiations' with Kim

Changing message: Rex Tillerson stated.Trump had been open to talks ‘for some time’, despite an interview just hours earlier when he said US was ‘a long way from negotiations’ with Kim

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the African nation of Djibouti, Tillerson stated.the talks between the two world leaders will take ‘some weeks’ to arrange 

‘That is a decision the president took himself. I spoke to him very early this morning about that decision and we had a very good conversation,’ Tillerson said.

‘President Trump has stated.for some time that he was open to talks and he would willingly meet with Kim when conditions were right,’ the top U.S. diplomat said.

‘And I think in the president’s judgment that time has arrived now.’

Changing message: Rex Tillerson stated.Trump had been open to talks 'for some time', despite an interview just hours earlier when he said US was 'a long way from negotiations' with Kim

My choice: Tillerson stated.the decision to accept Kim's invitation was 'a decision the president took himself'

My choice: Tillerson stated.the decision to accept Kim’s invitation was ‘a decision the president took himself’

Explaining Mr Trump’s decision-making about the meeting, Mr Tillerson stated.that the United States had witnessed a shift from North Korea that became apparent when a South Korean delegation visited Pyongyang, then travelled to Washington to brief US officials on the rare meeting.

He stated.the dispatch from that meeting ‘was the most forward-leaning report that we’ve had, in terms of Kim Jong Un’s not just willingness but his strong desire for talks.

‘What changed was his posture in a fairly dramatic way,’ Mr Tillerson said.

‘In all honesty, that came as a little bit of a surprise to us as well.’ 

Changing message: Rex Tillerson stated.Trump had been open to talks 'for some time', despite an interview just hours earlier when he said US was 'a long way from negotiations' with Kim

South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong (L) meeting US President Donald J. Trump (R) at the White House in Washington, DC, USA

South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong (L) meeting US President Donald J. Trump (R) at the White House in Washington, DC, USA

Despite the interview just hours before the announcement, where Tillerson stated.the U.S. was not going to schedule talks ‘at this point’, his staff denied that he was blindsided by Trump’s decision to meet Kim. 

Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein says Tillerson spoke to  Trump about the decision before it was announced publicly at the White House. 

Goldstein says Tillerson is ‘a very careful speaker. He knew exactly what he was saying today.’

Goldstein says the meeting ‘shows that the maximum pressure campaign is working.’

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