Tillerson: United Nations' sanctions, Iran deal 'weak'

17 September, 2017, 00:32 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Britain's Foreign minister Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson take part in a joint press conference after their meeting on Libya at Lancaster House in London

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has discussed the need to increase diplomatic pressure on North Korea with UK Prime Minister Theresa May in London, where the Iran nuclear deal was also raised, APA reports quoting Press TV.

U.S. President Donald Trump has previously expressed doubts about the nuclear deal, and in April his administration said it would review whether the lifting of sanctions against Iran was in the United States' national security interest.

Tillerson said the provision was aimed exclusively at China because it supplies neighboring North Korea with most of its oil, as well as most of its trade.

"We resolved to continue to work together and with important partners who can influence North Korea - including China - with the aim of securing the complete and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", he said.

"United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take".

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"I think it's clear that with respect to oil and a complete embargo on oil from the U.N. Security Council, that's going to be very hard", Tillerson added, according to an official transcript.

"(They) touched on the Iran nuclear deal, the PM underlining its importance in preventing Iran from procuring nuclear weapons", a spokesman for May said, as reported by Reuters.

The United States will be a "steadfast ally" to the United Kingdom during the Brexit process, Rex Tillerson has declared. "Iran is clearly in default of these expectations of the JCPOA", he said.

Turning to Asia, the USA secretary of state addressed the "unacceptable" violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, as thousands of refugees continue to stream across the border into Bangladesh. "We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime", Tillerson said.

Commenting on violence in Myanmar against the minority Rohingya population, Tillerson said the country faced a defining moment.

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