United States urges China to use oil leverage on NKorea

The US Secretary of State has presented a united front with Boris Johnson over the ongoing Brexit negotiations just days after the Foreign Secretary was branded "a joke" by just about everybody.

Mr Tillerson and the Foreign Secretary held talks covering a wide range of issues including Hurricane Irma, the North Korean crisis and the situation in Libya.

Tillerson recalled the preamble of the agreement, which expected the deal "will positively contribute to regional and worldwide peace and security", and contrasted it with the regime's continued malign activity in the region.

Touching upon the Brexit process, he added that "the U.S.is a steadfast ally and will stand by Britain as Brexit continues to take shape". "We look forward to continuing this long relationship". "We had hoped for a much stronger resolution from the Security Council".

But he was outspoken in his criticism of Iran when asked whether he believed it was meeting the obligations of a 2015 global nuclear agreement created to curb an Iranian nuclear program in return for lifting most Western sanctions.

He is now in London for talks with Johnson and Theresa May, covering a wide range of issues including Hurricane Irma, the North Korean crisis and the situation in Libya.

Mr Tillerson said he discussed with Mrs May "the threat that Iran poses to the region through its destabilising activities in Yemen, in Syria and in other parts of the region".

"It's clear that with respect to oil, and a complete embargo on oil from the U.N. Security Council, that's going to be very hard", he said.

The aim of the meeting - attended by the UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salamé and representatives from France, Italy, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates - is to "discuss how to break the political deadlock in Libya", Britain's foreign ministry said.

"I've seen firsthand the devastation Hurricane Irma has caused people in the Caribbean".

"Close coordination with our allies is vital for both the short-term and long-term recovery efforts", he said. Helping to bring stability to Libya is a vital part of United Kingdom efforts to tackle the threat from terrorism and the issue of illegal migration, which exist in close proximity to Europe.

  • Rogelio Becker