The US will continue diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean crisis…"until the first bomb drops," Tillerson said in an interview with "State of the Union," igniting furor among social media users.
Many people were shocked by his statement, fearing that it implied a possible escalation of the standoff between the United States and North Korea developing into a full-fledged nuclear conflict.
Rex Tillerson to @jaketapper, “we wil keep talking till that first bomb drops” pic.twitter.com/EtqP46XduG— Debbie Mangeri (@DebbieMangeri) 15 октября 2017 г.
[the first nuclear bomb drops]— John Darby (@mrjohndarby) 14 октября 2017 г.
*I put my arm around my date and whisper* that's a mushroom cloud
Until the first bomb drops? Wtf does that mean? Basically, the bombs will drop— José🇵🇷🇺🇲 (@Von_Weeden) 15 октября 2017 г.
Some even assumed that the US Secretary of State is incompetent…
Rex Tillerson IS the waste.— Kevin (@MrMaidenform) 1 октября 2017 г.
Trump will you be riding the first nuclear bomb. It’s the only way to show what a tough military guy you are! pic.twitter.com/xFZzosIp6q
Tillerson says negotiations re-North Korea (what negotiations?) will continue until the first bomb drops. What???— Nancy Crouse (@Nancy_Crouse) 15 октября 2017 г.
There MUST NOT be an "until the first bomb drops"! There is NO military solution to Nth Kor; that doesn't result in a HORRIFIC death toll!— 🌈Christine Whybrow (@christine_w56) 15 октября 2017 г.
#US diplomacy with #NorthKorea to continue until first bomb drops: Tillerson. Diplomatic solution possible if #Trump stop tweeting nonsense. pic.twitter.com/8MnFrmn72T— AK — Current Affairs (@CurentAffairs) 15 октября 2017 г.
"until the first bomb drops" What is that?— Ian Wilkie (@Wilkmaster) 15 октября 2017 г.
This isn't gunfight at the OK Corral.
Diplomats don't talk like that
Houston, we have a problem.
…or has "brain" issues.
Tillerson: Diplomatic efforts in North Korea will 'continue until the first bomb drops'— Sea_United_Hawks (@MmedeSevigne) 15 октября 2017 г.
He showed signs of having a functioning brain. NOT!
Tillerson's statement came after US President Donald Trump posted on Twitter that the US Secretary of State is "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man."
He also added that "we'll do what has to be done," prompting speculations of an upcoming military response to the North Korean issue.