Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Tillerson Admits Difficulty of UN Agreement on N. Korean Oil Embargo

Tillerson Admits Difficulty of UN Agreement on N. Korean Oil Embargo

Britain said on Friday the world would stand together against North Korea after the country fired a missile that flew over Japan into the Pacific Ocean, ratcheting up tensions after Pyongyang's test of a powerful nuclear bomb.

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.

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.

The Trump administration had sought a full United Nations embargo on oil exports to North Korea, among other harsh measures, but China made clear it disagreed.

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

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today vowed that Donald Trump's America would be a "steadfast ally" to Britain during Brexit.

"It's clear that with respect to oil, and a complete embargo on oil from the UN Security Council, that's going to be very hard", he said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is holding talks in London with British and French officials on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Libya and North Korea were expected to be the focus of talks on global security, after which Tillerson and Johnson were scheduled to hold a joint news conference.

Iran is not meeting the expectations laid out in the worldwide nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA), US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday.

He is now in London for talks with Johnson and Theresa May, covering a wide range of issues including Hurricane Irma, the North Korean crisis and the situation in Libya.

These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation, he added.

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