Rex Tillerson to visit Southeast Asia

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet

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.

"We confirm the information that the United States side circulated yesterday: the meeting between Sergey Lavrov and Rex Tillerson in Manila is being prepared by us, it remains to agree on a specific time and some other organizational aspects", Ryabkov said.

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Identifying North Korea as one of the first threats encountered by the Trump administration, Tillerson said the threat has materialised in the ways they expected it would.

"The situation is bad, but believe me - it can get worse", Tillerson said, recounting his message to Russian President Vladimir Putin when they met in March.

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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 USA sanctions against Russian Federation without congressional approval.

Tillerson is travelling to Asia this week, where he will continue his drive to increase "peaceful pressure on the regime in North Korea to have them develop a willingness to sit and talk to us and others".

NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell asked Tillerson at a press briefing about the president's Twitter use, how hard his tweets have made things for diplomats at the State Department, and if Trump's appointment of John Kelly as his new chief of staff will help bring stability to the White House. Trump has expressed frustration over Congress' ability to limit or override the power of the White House on national security matters, saying that it is complicating efforts to coordinate with allies - a sentiment he expressed in Wednesday's statement. "We were clear that we didn't think that was going to be helpful to our efforts, but that's the decision they made". Tillerson suggested the action was expected, given the domestic pressure on the Russian leader to retaliate for steps Obama took to punish Russia after USA intelligence agencies concluded Moscow meddled in the election.

In terms of the official agenda, the main event in Tillerson's trip, which will last from August 5 to 9, will be his attendance at his first-ever round of Asian summitry. Does it make our life more hard?

This will be the first face-to-face meeting of United States and Russian foreign ministers after Moscow's decision to cut off more than 750 USA diplomatic mission staff in Russia.