>> Diplomatic sources confirm that the US Government is negotiating directly with North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, despite President Donald Trump stating that such efforts were a waste of time. A senior State Department official telling Reuters that Joseph Yun, a US Diplomat, has been quietly speaking with North Korea's representatives to the United Nations.
The so-called New York channel is generally reserved for discussions outside the nuclear program, such as the release of hostages. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, first revealed in early October that the administration was engaging North Korea directly, but his comments were smacked down by the President that same day.
Trump taking to Twitter to say Tillerson was "wasting his time, and that he should save his energy". This combined with Trump's mocking of Kim Jong-un, as Little Rocket Man, led to speculation that effort was going to be curtailed. Tillerson later saying that diplomacy would continue though it wasn't clear exactly how.
Source now Yun's hasn't been curved in any way, what's unknown is whether it's produced any results, and the officials says that the president's threats against Pyongyang only seemed to have complicated the effort. Trump is scheduled to begin a trip to Asia on Friday including South Korea.