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Tillerson arrives in Manila ahead of regional meeting

Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 00:59

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in Manila, Philippines on Saturday (August 5) ahead of regional meetings in the Asian country. During the meetings, Tillerson is expected to press China and other Asian countries to take tougher action against North Korea, senior U.S. officials said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in Manila, Philippines of Saturday (August 5) ahead of regional meetings in the Asian country. During the meetings, Tillerson is expected to press China and other Asian countries to take tougher action against North Korea, senior U.S. officials said. Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said Tillerson would have the chance to engage with China's foreign minister at the meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila, but had no plans to meet North Korea's foreign minister there. Thornton said Tillerson would be seeking greater cooperation in isolating North Korea and in enforcing U.N. sanctions over its missile and nuclear weapons programs. She said Washington wanted to see countries "drastically" reduce their dealings with Pyongyang.

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Tillerson arrives in Manila ahead of regional meeting

Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 00:59