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Tillerson says Mexico, Canada ready to negotiate

Tillerson says Mexico, Canada ready to negotiate

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the US was preparing new sanctions against North Korea if Pyongyang takes steps that warrant new sanctions.

Mr. Tillerson spoke at the State Department for about 40 minutes in his remarks to employees.

Tillerson said the Trump administration had been "leaning hard into China" ...

If trust can be rebuilt, he said, the US and Russian Federation have a "long list" of other issues to work on, including Ukraine and an arms agreement.

He and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet next week on the margins of a meeting of the Arctic Council in Alaska.

"When we see you are not implementing, we see companies or we see individuals that are violating sanctions we are going to contact you, we are going to ask you to take care of it", he said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping after he arrived at Palm Beach International Airport April 6, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

North Korea has stepped up its weapons tests, firing dozens of missiles and detonating two nuclear bombs since the start of previous year.

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For instance, he said, the Trump administration is putting more pressure on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to spend more on defense and trying to cut better deals with USA trading partners.

"If you condition our national security efforts on someone adopting our values, we probably can't achieve our national security goals or our national security interests", he said.

He added that the administration is taking a new look at relations with China and would next month hold the first session of a diplomatic and security dialogue with senior Chinese officials next month.

Tillerson said there are a number of efforts underway to stabilize the relationship, including a working group lead by Acting Under Secretary Tom Shannon to "see if we can address some of the things that are irritating the relationship". His comments come amid concern that the Trump administration is deemphasizing human rights.

Without addressing the Duterte controversy specifically, Tillerson argued Wednesday that working with countries whose leaders are inconsistent with certain USA values - "freedom, human dignity and the treatment of people of the world" - doesn't mean abandoning those values.

While he vowed that U.S. values would never be left on the "sidelines", he said maintaining too strong a line on rights and liberties "really creates obstacles to our ability to advance our national security interests, our economic interests".

Tillerson made that defense while describing how he views Trump's "America First" philosophy as applying to foreign policy. He says over the last two decades, the USA "just kind of lost track of how we were doing".


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