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Tillerson urges long halt to North Korea weapons tests before any talks

UNITED NATIONS: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a “sustained cessation” of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. Tillerson’s remarks were a retreat from his position earlier this week when he offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without preconditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations. But the…

Tillerson tells Myanmar army chief U.S. concerned about reported atrocities

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke on Thursday with Myanmar’s army chief and expressed concern over reported atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. Tillerson urged the army chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, to support the Myanmar government in ending the violence and allowing the safe return of ethnic Rohingya who has fled the area, the statement said. More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine state in Buddhist-majority…

Huge trust deficit between Pakistan and US, says Asif

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that there was a huge trust deficit between Pakistan and the US, souring bilateral ties. In an interview to British news channel, he said, “One key factor is missing in our relationship and that is trust. We have a huge trust deficit.” His interview came hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held delegation level talks with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the PM House here on Tuesday. The Foreign Minister, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Defence Minister…

U.S. says it is considering sanctions over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya

WASHINGTON: The United States is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the State Department said on Monday. “We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured,” it said in a statement. It added: “It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including…

Tillerson embarking on diplomatic mission to South Asia, Middle East today

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is embarking Friday on a week-long trip that will take him to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India and Switzerland. Briefing the newsmen in Washington today, Spokesperson for the US State Department Heather Nauert said that Rex Tillerson, during his week-long visit, will go to Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Geneva. During his visit to Islamabad, the US Secretary of State will meet senior leaders to discuss bilateral cooperation, Pakistan's critical role in the…

US should abandon biased views of China, Beijing retorts Washington

BEIJING: China said Thursday the US should "abandon its biased views" towards the country, as it hit back at cutting remarks made by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Ahead of his visit to India next week, President Donald Trump's top diplomat stated the US preference to work with New Delhi over Beijing during the next century to promote a "free and open" Asia-Pacific region led by prosperous democracies. The speech was perceived as a warning to the world's second largest economy that Washington will…