Tillerson: NKorea diplomacy continues until 1st ‘bomb drops’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis “will continue until the first bomb drops.” That statement comes despite President Donald Trump’s tweets a couple of weeks ago that his chief envoy was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with “Little Rocket Man,” […]

Tillerson urges calm on North Korea, says no imminent threat

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged calm and said Americans should have “no concerns” after North Korea and President Donald Trump traded fiery threats, insisting Wednesday he doesn’t believe there is “any imminent threat.” “Americans should sleep well at night,” Tillerson said. In more tranquil terms, Tillerson sought […]

US: Iran complying with nuclear deal but defying its spirit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration told Congress for a second time Monday that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal and can keep enjoying sanctions relief, even as it insisted Tehran would face consequences for breaching “the spirit” of the deal. President Donald Trump, who lambasted the 2015 pact as a candidate, gave himself […]

Tillerson aims to ease Qatar crisis with shuttle diplomacy

ISTANBUL (AP) — As the Gulf crisis over Qatar festers, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is embarking on his first shuttle diplomacy mission, heading to the region in a bid to end a deadlock that has badly damaged ties between several key American partners and threatens to hinder counter terrorism efforts. Tillerson will hop […]

During very positive meeting, Trump, Putin agree election issue is hindrance

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s second official visit to Europe (all times local): 2:45 a.m. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin agree on one aspect of Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign: The issue has become a hindrance to better relations. That’s according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, […]

N. Korean missile test fails hours after UN meeting on nukes

FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters. North […]

Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at ‘all-time low’

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that U.S. relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low.” His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting […]

The Latest: Russia says it wants ‘productive talks’ with US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. meetings with world leaders on the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria (all times local): 7 a.m. Russia’s foreign ministry says it hopes for “productive talks” with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as Tillerson heads to Moscow in his first visit to Russia as the top U.S. […]

Tillerson: Russia must choose between Assad and the US

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press LUCCA, Italy (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an ultimatum to Russia on Tuesday: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. As he embarked on a trip to Moscow following urgent meetings in Italy […]

After Syria attack, Tillerson vows to defend innocents

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press SANT’ANNA DI STAZZEMA, Italy (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used a visit Monday to a World War II memorial to declare that the United States will stand up to aggressors who harm civilians, as the Trump administration sought to rally world leaders behind a strategy to resolve the […]