Tillerson has no plans to meet N. Korea foreign minister in Manila

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated

Thornton's remarks contrasted with those of U.S. President Donald Trump, who on Saturday accused Beijing of doing "nothing" to help on North Korea and pointed to the huge U.S. trade deficit with China. But its mission was expanded, along with the fresh funding, at the end of a year ago in light of Russia's election meddling and to counter messages from governments in such nations as China, Iran and North Korea.

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Manila, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur August 5 - 9, the US Embassy in Manila said Wednesday.

Tillerson suggested that Americans support the Trump administration's moves to establish a warmer relationship with Russian Federation.

In a briefing to reporters at the State Department Tuesday, Tillerson said that "neither the president nor I were very happy" about Congress's recent decision to pass a bill to block the president from lifting those and other US sanctions against Russian Federation without congressional approval. Turning to Asia، Tillerson said the U.S.is willing to sit down for talks with North Korea on the condition that they give up on their pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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Asked about US relations with Russian Federation following President Vladimir Putin's order to cut back sharply on the number of American diplomats in Moscow, Tillerson said he has repeatedly warned Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that ties between their two countries are bad, but could get even worse, and they just did. The bill nearly unanimously supported by both houses of Congress.

"Neither the president nor I are very happy about that", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday of the sanctions bill, which he had urged lawmakers not to approve.

Vice President Mike Pence sounded a distinctly different note about the sanctions bill Tuesday, when he was in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, seeking to reassure Russia's neighbors, who are anxious about Moscow's expansionist policies. "But we do believe China has a special and unique relationship because of this significant economic activity to influence the North Korean regime in ways that no one else can", Tillerson said. Does it make our life more hard? Officials in the building and lawmakers on Capitol Hill want Tillerson to spend the money that's sitting there. "And so I think the fact that they felt the need to take symmetrical action -- and that's the way they view it -- is that they were delayed in taking this action, and I think President Putin has said that".

He added that he plans to hold a private meeting with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in the capital of the Philippines.

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