Tillerson Admits Difficulty of UN Agreement on N. Korean Oil Embargo

Tillerson Admits Difficulty of UN Agreement on N. Korean Oil Embargo

Tillerson Admits Difficulty of UN Agreement on N. Korean Oil Embargo

Tillerson said he hoped Beijing would decide "on their own to take it up upon themselves to use that very powerful tool of oil supply to persuade North Korea to reconsider" its development of nuclear weapons and its approach to negotiations.

"We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime", Tillerson said.

Tillerson said the UN Security Council's sanctions against North Korea, including the most recent ones adopted on Monday, represent "the floor, not the ceiling" of the actions the worldwide community should take.

On North Korea, Mr Johnson said Pyongyang had "defied the world" adding that sanctions would be imposed in a way that maximised the pressure on the regime. China holds veto power as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council. Merkel suggested that the approach taken with Iran - lifting worldwide sanctions in exchange for it curbing nuclear activities - could be used with North Korea.

The officials will also discuss the response to Hurricane Irma that has caused havoc in the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.

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.

Libya fell into chaos following the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled Moammar Gadhafi.

Speaking to U.S. Embassy staff before the talks, Tillerson said the aim was to "knot their peace process together" and "put Libya back together".

Russia's foreign ministry on Tuesday said Beijing and Moscow had succeeded in "revising the U.S.'s super-hard resolution, which focused on defoliating North Korea's economy and risked catastrophic humanitarian influence on North Korea". 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.

Tillerson also suggested USA would push forward with additional unilateral sanctions against the regime.

"I share that view", Tillerson said in London during a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

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