dglobalnews.com US Secretary of State Tillerson to attend Asean forum in August
Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

US Secretary of State Tillerson to attend Asean forum in August

US Secretary of State Tillerson to attend Asean forum in August

"Of course it make our life more hard", Tillerson told reporters at the State Department when asked about the Russian action.

According to him, the question is whether the parties to maintain stability in the relationship, so they do not become an open conflict.

The top USA diplomat says neither he nor President Donald Trump is "very happy" about new congressional sanctions on Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump wants to cut State Department funding, so Tillerson is trying to spend less of it - not more.

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to visit Manila this week to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Ministerial, and the US-ASEAN Ministerial. At the same time, he stressed that Washington doesn't blame Beijing for North Korea's behavior, while reinforcing Trump's point that the USA wants greater Chinese determination on the matter.

Tillerson twice noted his frustration with appointments at the department, even referencing the young son of his chief of staff, who attended the news conference. Tillerson said he has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lavrov that "the situation's bad, but believe me, it can get worse. But you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us، and we have to respond،" he said، referring to the North's intercontinental ballistic missile program. China has sought to initiate talks without those preconditions.

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At the end, you look back on it, it was kind of fun. "He's got a game plan behind it", Malignaggi said. McGregor would also tweet about the session, which Malignanngi said was serious.

The money is earmarked for the State Department's Global Engagement Center and Tillerson has not issued a request for it. $60 million of it will expire on September 30 if it is not transferred to the State Department by then, officials told Politico.

The Secretary of State said the administration had been attempting to exert "peaceful pressure" on North Korea, "because the options available to us are limited, particularly if we think we are operating under a short period of time".

Tehran received benefits "up front", including return of funds frozen in US banks and the easing of nuclear-related sanctions, depriving Washington of more leverage, he said. Still, Putin's decision to do so came right after Congress voted to slap Russian Federation with more economic sanctions.

Although worldwide monitors say Iran remains in compliance with the nuclear accord, Trump came close to abandoning it last month and may still do so.

Tillerson added that Trump will most likely sign the bill, adding however, that Washington will nevertheless try to restore relations with Moscow.

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