Tillerson to North Korea: 'We are not your enemy'

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The question, he said, is whether relations are "getting worse or can we maintain some level of stability. and continue to find ways to address areas of mutual interest, and ways in which we can deal with our differences, without those becoming open conflicts". Though ostensibly in retaliation for a similar US move past year under President Barack Obama, the Russian action came just after Congress voted to slap Russia with more economic sanctions, and to include new requirements making it far harder for Trump to ease the penalties. The Senate last week approved new sanctions against Russia، Iran and North Korea that are now waiting for President Donald to sign into law. In return, Moscow has demanded that the United States cut the number of its diplomatic staff in Russian Federation to 455 by September 1, and halt their usage of summer houses and embassy storage facilities in Moscow by August 1. The pair met a day after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey over the Russian Federation investigation.

"Now the action by the Congress to put these sanctions in place, and the way they did, neither the president nor I were very happy about that", Tillerson said.

Across the Pacific Ocean from North Korea, in California, the U.S. Air Force said a test Wednesday of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was successful.

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The $60 million will expire on September 30 if not transferred to State by then, current and former State Department officials told POLITICO. He rejected criticism that his failure to fill many positions has weakened the agency.

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Tehran received benefits "up front", including return of funds frozen in USA banks and the easing of nuclear-related sanctions, depriving Washington of more leverage, he said. It allows Congress to block any attempt to ease or end penalties against Russian Federation and imposes new sanctions in response to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

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Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters: "I would guess that he (Trump) will sign it". The sanctions were drawn up in part to punish Russian Federation further over the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Although global monitors say Iran remains in compliance with the nuclear accord, Trump came close to abandoning it last month and may still do so.

"I think the American people want the two most powerful nuclear nations in the world to have a better relationship", Tillerson said. "I talk to him just about every day, I see him several times a week, he calls me late at night, on the weekends when something comes into his head and he wants to talk".

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Then a so-called "vote-a-rama" begins, opening the floodgates for all senators to introduce as many amendments as they want. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., voted Wednesday against repealing the law without a working bill to take its place.

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