Tillerson in London to urge pressure on North Korea

The US delegation swept into No 10 this morning without a moment's pause to set our their priorities for the day's meetings

"We had hoped for a much stronger resolution", Tillerson said of the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea, which the United States supported in the face of Chinese opposition to stronger sanctions.

The move announced by European Union headquarters Thursday follows the Security Council resolution of August 5, which bans North Korea from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood products estimated to be worth over $1 billion.

Tillerson's policy adviser Brian Hook said the Secretary of State "never misses an opportunity in bilateral, multilateral settings to raise North Korea and the need to increase pressure on North Korea".

But opposition from China and Russian Federation forced the U.N.to approve weaker measures, although it did ban textile exports, an important source of its revenue for the North.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged Thursday that it will be hard to enforce an oil embargo on North Korea unless China cooperates.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on all nations, including China and Russian Federation, to step up pressure on North Korea following its latest missile launch Thursday.

This is Secretary Tillerson's second visit to the United Kingdom since taking up his post, and follows his visit in May after the Manchester terror attack.

"China supplies North Korea with most of its oil [and] Russian Federation is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor", the secretary said. "We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime".

Downing Street said Mrs May also raised the Iran nuclear deal - loathed by Donald Trump - "underlining its importance in preventing Iran procuring nuclear weapons".

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson reiterated Britain's commitment to tackle "the aggressive and illegal actions of the North Korean regime".

The aim of the meeting - attended by the UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salamé and representatives from France, Italy, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates - is to "discuss how to break the political deadlock in Libya", Britain's foreign ministry said.

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