"We are all singing from the same hymn book", she said.
"I think at some level, I sometimes wonder whether Trump thinks that the North Koreans don't get CNN, so they don't know what's going on".
At the same time, Trump denied having discussed a preemptive attack, apparently oblivious to that being exactly how his comments in the past couple of days have been interpreted.
GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said on Thursday the United States should go for a military option against North Korea and predicted that Washington will win the conflict. "At this point, Trump is only expressing his anger, and the anger of many Americans, in response to repeated threats from North Korea".
The United States is on the same page.
While Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea not to threaten the USA and spoke of meeting the North with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", Tillerson on Wednesday played down those comments and said Trump "just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S.'s unquestionable ability to defend itself".
She also said the United States doesn't have a problem with the North Korean people, "it is the regime itself".
Recent track two talks have brought Americans together with the head of the North America department of the North Korean foreign ministry, an official named Choi Sun Hee, sources tell CNN.
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That's very different from what Tillerson said.
The letter comes amid news that North Korea declared a plan to launch a ballistic missiles toward the USA territory of Guam - 4,000 miles west of Hawaii in the Pacific - where the US has a significant military presence. Of course that was their response to the President Trump's "fire and fury" warning.
Patrick Murphy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia, was asked about contacts between the United States and North Korea on Friday.
After a deep freeze between North Korea and the Obama administration, contacts between Pyongyang and the USA picked up again after Trump took office. Gordon Humphrey (N.H.) sent a letter to several lawmakers urging President Trump's prompt removal from office.
Trump later publicly signalled his interest in talks, saying in May that he would be "honored" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "under the right circumstances" to defuse tensions over North Korea's nuclear program.