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Tillerson sees tough talks with Turkey, others on Mideast trip

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expects to have tough talks during a five-nation trip of the Middle East next week, including in Turkey, where he will urge leaders to rein in an offensive in northern Syria, US officials said on Friday. Briefing reporters on Tillerson’s February 11-16 trip to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, and Kuwait, US officials acknowledged there would be difficult conversations at each stop. Jordanian leaders were upset when the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of…

US ‘strategic patience’ with North Korea has ended: Tillerson

SEOUL: The United States' "strategic patience" with nuclear-armed North Korea is over, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Seoul on Friday after visiting the Demilitarised Zone. The announcement signals a clean break from the stance of the previous administration under Barack Obama, when the United States ruled out engaging the North until it made a tangible commitment to de-nuclearisation, hoping that internal stresses in the isolated country would bring about change. "The policy of strategic patience has ended,"…

Romney, potential US secretary of state, hails Trump after dinner

NEW YORK: Republican Mitt Romney made an impassioned statement in support of President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday to try to erase doubts about him among Trump's supporters and remain in contention for US secretary of state. Romney, a fierce critic of Trump during the Republican presidential primary battle, stopped short of an outright apology but his intention to wipe the slate clean was clear. The former Massachusetts governor, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012 and lost, praised Trump for a…