US Secretary of State to visit Philippines

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The White House said US President Donald Trump had familiarized himself with the final version of a bill and planned to sign it into law.

Thornton said Tillerson, who is due in Manila on Saturday, would be seeking greater cooperation in isolating North Korea and in enforcing United Nations sanctions over its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

Washington is ready to discuss with Moscow the sequence of steps necessary to overcome the conflict in Syria, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. USA intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of meddling in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump.

In another sign of US concern about the North, the Trump administration published a notice Wednesday in the Federal Register detailing a new ban on Americans traveling to North Korea. Former President Barack Obama signed a spending bill one month before leaving office to boost State Department funding for these causes. At the same time, he stressed that Washington doesn't blame Beijing for North Korea's behavior, while reinforcing Trump's point that the US wants greater Chinese determination on the matter.

Neither President Donald Trump nor Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are fans of the new congressional sanctions on Russian Federation, particularly because they may hinder attempts at restoring the relationship between the two countries, the top US diplomat admitted Tuesday. He also said he and Trump are not "very happy" with the Congress' recent vote to sanction Russian Federation, but "all indications are he will sign that bill, and then we'll just work with it".




Earlier on Tuesday, a leading Republican senator, Lindsey Graham, said Trump had told him he was willing to go to war with North Korea "if they continued to try to hit America with an ICBM".

Vice President Mike Pence sounded a distinctly different note about the sanctions bill Tuesday, when he was in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, seeking to reassure Russia's neighbors, who are anxious about Moscow's expansionist policies.

Tillerson said he understood why Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the U.S.to drastically cut its diplomatic presence in Russia, even though the move was in retaliation for a similar US action previous year under President Barack Obama. It means that the total number of USA diplomatic personnel is to be cut to 455. "There's been no belligerence", Tillerson said. Tillerson said the president told the Russian foreign minister: "We need some good news".

"I will be meeting face-to-face with Foreign Minister Lavrov this weekend on the margins of the (ASEAN and East Asia Summit) meetings in Manila", Tillerson told reporters on Tuesday. Does it make our life more hard?

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