Russia's Lavrov, US's Tillerson to meet August 6-8: Russian foreign ministry

Randolph Lopez
Августа 6, 2017

The EAS brings together the 10-member Asean and other regional powers such as Japan, China, South Korea, India, Russia and Australia.

"We're working with them now to continue to step up enforcement of sanctions and to try to levy additional sanctions, so I think we have to keep working on that track", Thornton said.

UNITED States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Regional forum and other meetings to be held in Manila from August 5 to 9, the U.S. state department confirmed Wednesday.

Thornton declined to comment on any possible action but stressed that despite Trump's tweets, North Korea and the trade issue were not linked in a "transactional", but "in a sort of philosophical way". The summit is expected to focus heavily on concerns about the North.

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Such a statement from a state department official gains significance given news reports that the White House is planning to impose some kind of sanctions on China because it is not taking any steps against its close ally North Korea.

"In Kuala Lum-pur, he will meet officials to discuss strengthening cooperation on a range of issues in the 60th year of US-Malaysia bilateral relations", it read. "If we can work together to do that, surely we can have a productive, mutually beneficial economic relationship in which we both enjoy reciprocal and fair access to each other's markets".

"Secretary Tillerson's travel reaffirms the administration's commitment to further broaden and enhance United States economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region", the statement said.

The Russian foreign minister discussed with his U.S. counterpart the situation on the Korean Peninsula in light of the latest North Korean missile test.

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