Tillerson urges ASEAN to cut North Korea funding, minimise ties

Friday, 05 May 2017 - 12:46

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Southeast Asian foreign ministers to do more to help cut funding streams for North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and to minimise diplomatic relations with Pyongyang.

In his first ministerial meeting with all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Tillerson also called on nations with competing claims in the South China Sea to cease all island building and militarization while talks aimed at creating a maritime code of conduct were under way.

Patrick Murphy, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said Tillerson stressed Washington's security and economic commitment to the region, amid doubts raised by President Donald Trump's "America First" platform and withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact.



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