North Korea, Russia foreign ministers agree to resolve issues 'diplomatically'

Kono and Tillerson met on the sidelines of a series of foreign ministerial meetings involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other regional powers.

Despite the USA sanctions and Russia's demands, Tillerson said cooperation with Russian Federation is a necessity.

This led to Congress passing fresh USA sanctions against Russian Federation last month that has led to Moscow moving to expel hundreds of US diplomats and seize two USA facilities in Russian Federation.

Since President Donald Trump signed the sanctions bill last week, after Congress forced his hand, the mood in Moscow has become a mixture of acerbic sarcasm against Washington and nationalistic chest-beating.

Asked how the US can support the Philippine government in its fight against ISIS without endorsing human rights abuses in President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown on drugs, Tillerson said there was no conflict. He said the US and Russian Federation have deep differences, but that it's not a good idea to "just cut everything off on one single issue".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Russian Federation has been condemned by the United States for its alleged hacks aimed at swaying the November 8, 2016 election for Trump but Moscow has repeatedly denied interfering both in the French election by hacking and leaking emails and documents of USA intelligence agencies during the last elections.

Earlier Sergei Ryabkov said that it is important for Russian Federation to create a working economic system that would be less dependent on the USA dollar and on the U.S. financial system as a whole.

Tillerson, speaking to reporters, also says he told Foreign Minister Lavrov that Russia's interference in the November election has created "serious mistrust", and is "certainly a serious incident".

A cease-fire brokered by the US and Russian Federation in southwest Syria has shown how the countries could work together.

However, chief economist of the Eurasian Development Bank Yaroslav Lissovolik pointed out that coordinated efforts by energy resources' exporters may help them trade raw materials using national currencies and not just USA dollars.

Last week, Mr Trump grudgingly signed a bill punishing Russian Federation for election meddling and making it harder for him to ease sanctions on Vladimir Putin's government. Ryabkov said that he was disappointed in the behavior and policy of the administration of President Donald Trump, which follows the worst line of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and intensifies stances that affected bilateral ties previously. Russian Federation will respond accordingly in the future. Discussions are also continuing on expanding the U.S.

"The other is to call for the resumption of the six-party talks, emphasizing the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue by diplomatic and political means so as to avoid further escalation of the tension", Wang said, in a statement released by the Chinese foreign ministry.

"We hope that with a sensible approach on behalf of all involved parties, including the United States, South Korea and Japan, we will be able to find a solution, which will be acceptable for all participants", Russia's top diplomat added.

  • Rogelio Becker