US 'a long way' from talks with North Korea, says Tillerson (delete) Mar 09, 2018 0 30 12345 AFPAddis AbabaWashington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson said Thursday the United States was"a long way from negotiations"with North Korea, which this week made a shock offer to discuss denuclearisation.Tillerson, who is in Ethiopia on his first-ever Africa tour, said the signals from Pyongyang may be positive but stressed negotiations with Kim Jong Un's regime were not going to happen soon."I think as President Trump has indicated, (there are) potentially positive signals coming from North Korea by way of their intra-Korean dialogue with South Korea,"he told journalists.But"in terms of direct talks... we're a long way from negotiations, we just need to be very clear-eyed and realistic about it,"he said.He said a first step would be"talks about talks"to see if"conditions are right to even begin thinking about negotiations."Details are still sketchy, but South Korea announced Tuesday that the North had stated there was"no reason"to hold on to its nuclear weapons"if military threats towards the North are cleared and the security of its regime is guaranteed". POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES No joint Korean march at Paralympics due to flag row Mar 09, 2018 0 44 China talks tough on sea row, won't cede 'an inch' Mar 09, 2018 0 34 Africa should avoid forfeiting sovereignty to China over loans, says Tillerson Mar 09, 2018 0 35 S Korean diplomats arrive in US to brief officials on talks with Kim Reuters WASHINGTON/SEOUL Two senior South Korean officials arrived in the United States on Thursday to brief US officials on their meeting this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Pyongyang's apparent .. Seoul envoys leave for US with Pyongyang talks offer Seoul, March 8, 2018 (AFP) -Two South Korean envoys left for Washington Thursday to brief US officials on their landmark visit to Pyongyang and the North's offer to talk about giving up its nuclear arsenal. Chung .. Australia probes company tied to N Korea coal sale UN: Australian authorities are investigating a Sydney-based property company accused of breaching United Nations sanctions on North Korea by brokering an illicit sale of coal, according to a confidential UN report. .. Nigeria sentences man to life prison for 2010 car bombing ABUJA: A Nigerian court on Wednesday sentenced the brother of a suspected militant leader to life imprisonment for treason for his involvement in twin car bombings in the capital, Abuja, in 2010. The blasts, which killed .. China denies 'backroom deals' in Silk Road initiative BEIJING: China's huge Belt and Road initiative to build a new Silk Road will respect global rules and be free of"backroom deals", the foreign minister said on Thursday, defending a key policy of President Xi .. US 'a long way' from N Korea negotiations, says Tillerson AFP Addis Ababa Washington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson said Thursday the United States was"a long way from negotiations"with North Korea, which this week made a shock offer to discuss denuclearisation. .. Abe asks North Korea to take 'concrete steps' Japan's prime minister warned Thursday that North Korea's offer of denuclearisation talks with the US could be a ploy to play for time and stressed the need for Pyongyang to take"concrete"steps. Shinzo Abe said ..