Tillerson in London to discuss DPRK, Libya with foreign secretary

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-14 21:25:15|Editor: Zhou Xin
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LONDON, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was holding high level talks in London Thursday to discuss the impact of Hurricane Irma as well as ways of tackling the situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

It is Tillerson's second visit to Britain since taking up his post, and follows his visit in May after the Manchester Arena terror attack.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will hold discussions with Tillerson and the French Political Director Nicolas de Riviere.

An FCO spokesperson said Britain, the U.S. and France will have a discussion on tackling what the British government described as "the aggressive and illegal actions of the North Korean regime"

"The UK is at the heart of mobilising world opinion with the aim of achieving a diplomatic solution to the situation on the Korean peninsula.

The international community adopted new measures on Sept. 11 which put in place the most stringent UN sanctions regime placed on any nation in the 21st century," said the FCO.

Johnson was Thursday also chairing a meeting on Libya with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Libya, Ghassan Salame. Tillerson and de Riviere were also expected to be at the London meeting along with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar bin Mohamed Gargash.

The FCO spokesperson added: "The Libya meeting is an opportunity to discuss how to break the political deadlock in Libya, and to build momentum in support of the efforts of the UN Secretary General and his Special Representative.

"Helping to bring stability to Libya is a vital part of UK efforts to tackle the threat from terrorism and the issue of illegal migration, which exist in close proximity to Europe."

Speaking ahead of the meetings the Secretary Johnson, who returned to London Thursday after a fact-finding visit to British Overseas Territories devastated by Hurricane Irma said: "Britain will continue to work closely alongside our partners to tackle the shared challenges we face worldwide."

Johnson, Tillerson and de Riviere were also discussing the continued co-ordination in response to Hurricane Irma.

Tillerson flew to Britain in May to deliver in person and apology after officials in the U.S. leaked details of the Manchester bombing during the sensitive earlier stages of a police investigation.

The U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has flown to the UK to deliver in person an apology for leaks by U.S. officials of details of the police investigation into the Manchester bombing.

The Guardian newspaper said at the time that such a public apology by a senior U.S. politician, and flying to London specifically to make it, was unprecedented in US-UK relations.

"That the Trump administration felt the need to make such a gesture illustrates the seriousness of this week's rift," said a Guardian commentary.

Meeting Johnson in London, Tillerson said during his May visit: "We take full responsibility for that and we obviously regret that that happened. With respect to the release of information inappropriately ... certainly we condemn that."

"This special relationship that exists between our two countries will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event."

Tillerson was greeted as his plane landed in London by U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson who posted a brief message on the London embassy's social media site, saying "Welcome back to London, Secretary Tillerson!"