U.S. urges China to use oil leverage on N/Korea

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Tillerson said the provision was aimed exclusively at China because it supplies neighboring North Korea with most of its oil, as well as most of its trade.

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But the U.S. softened its stance in order to secure the backing of China and Russian Federation, which could have vetoed the proposal.

Tillerson, who had a meeting with Mrs May's national security adviser which the Prime Minister "dropped in" on, said it was a "short but very useful" talk.

Tillerson said he hoped Beijing would decide "on their own to take it up upon themselves to use that very powerful tool of oil supply to persuade North Korea to reconsider" its development of nuclear weapons and its approach to negotiations.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged Thursday it will be hard to put an oil embargo on North Korea unless China cooperates.

This morning's talks focused on the worldwide threat from North Korea and Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves 10 Downing Street in London
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"Full implementation of JCPOA [the Iran deal] would positively contribute to regional and global peace and stability", Tillerson said.

Britain has been a vocal supporter of tough new sanctions imposed at the United Nations Security Council after a series of North Korean nuclear tests.

Tillerson's visit will also provide an opportunity to discuss ways of breaking the political deadlock in Libya, which has been governed by two rival administrations in Tripoli and Tobruk.

Turning to Asia, the USA secretary of state addressed the "unacceptable" violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, as thousands of refugees continue to stream across the border into Bangladesh.

Tillerson recalled the preamble of the agreement, which expected the deal "will positively contribute to regional and global peace and security", and contrasted it with the regime's continued malign activity in the region. "This violence must stop, this persecution must stop".

Commenting on violence in Myanmar against the minority Rohingya population, Tillerson said the country faced a defining moment.

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