Tillerson: US Must Consider Iran's 'Broader Threat'

Johnson meets American counterpart

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will meet with US State Secretary Rex Tillerson in London on Thursday for talks that will range from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma to Libya and North Korea, the British Foreign Office has said.

The United States has sought an embargo on oil imports to North Korea at the U.N. Security Council in response to North Korea's most powerful nuclear test to date. "In effect, that is directed at China alone because China supplies essentially all of North Korea's oil".

"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.

"It's clear with respect to oil and a complete embargo from the Security Council, that's going to be very hard", Tillerson said, standing alongside his United Kingdom counterpart Boris Johnson.

The top U.S. diplomat "never misses an opportunity in bilateral, multilateral settings to raise North Korea and the need to increase pressure on North Korea", Tillerson's policy adviser Brian Hook said Thursday.

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

The comments will renew hopes of Britain striking a quick trade deal with the USA after Brexit takes place in March 2019.

The US on Thursday took action against 11 individuals and companies accused of supporting Iran's Revolutionary Guards or engaging in cyber attacks against US banks, imposing economic sanctions.

The administration in July said it would utilize a broader approach to tackle Iran's "malign activities" outside of the nuclear deal, several of which the reported strategy appeared to confront.

The U.S. State Department said Tillerson would discuss issues including "the need for increased pressure to counter the threat to global security posed by [North Korea's] nuclear and missile programs". "That must stop", he said.

Johnson also called on Myanmar's de facto leader to use her "moral capital" to highlight the plight of the Rohingyas.

Some 389,000 are estimated to have crossed since then.

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