“We especially ask Russia to examine how it can better support global nonproliferation efforts,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
In particular, Tillerson said that US President Donald Trump finds the so-called “sunset clause” in the 2015 deal –which sees the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear enrichment lifted after 2025 — to be “unacceptable.”
Swaraj’s assertion in this regard came during her trilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Monday on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly session at New York.
A decision to shutter the embassy, even temporarily, would deal a demoralising blow to the delicate detente that President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro announced in late 2014.
The pair met at Tillerson’s hotel in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, where officials are to debate US demands for reform to the world body’s budget –including cuts to Washington’s contributions.
“The president said he is open to finding those conditions where we can remain engaged with others on what we all agree is still a challenging issue,” Rex Tillerson said.
Tillerson said the nation’s commitment to fighting racial injustice is unquestioned, and that he doesn’t “believe anyone doubts the American people’s values” or the government’s commitment to that goal.
China and Pakistan consider each other “all-weather friends” and have close diplomatic, economic and security ties.
The US has asked India and Pakistan to continue to engage in direct talks aimed at reducing tensions between the two countries.
North Korea thumbed its nose at Tillerson by testing a missile just after the secretary of state chaired a UN Security Council meeting at which warning that failure to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear, ballistic missile programs could lead to “catastrophic consequences.”
Tillerson’s remarks came after President Donald Trump unveiled the US strategy in Afghanistan which included expanded authorities to target terrorists.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also acknowledged that Pakistan’s status as a non-NATO ally is now in question.
Notably, the statement comes a day after US President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon said there was no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.”
Tillerson made the comments at the State Department while introducing the agency’s annual report on religious freedom, required by a 1998 act of Congress. The report is the first to be released during the Trump administration and covers 2016.
Moscow’s response to the sanctions was to announce it would force the US to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755 people. That move stoked confusion in Washington, given that the US is believed to have far fewer than 755 American employees in Russia.