Tillerson: United Nations' sanctions, Iran deal 'weak'

Tillerson: United Nations' sanctions, Iran deal 'weak'

Tillerson also held a news conference with his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Thursday, where they held talks about Iran and North Korea.

Mr Tillerson praised the co-operation between the UK, US and France in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.

Touching upon the Brexit process, he added that "the a steadfast ally and will stand by Britain as Brexit continues to take shape".

He said: "The co-operation through that event has been extraordinary".

Trump is weighing a strategy that could allow more aggressive US responses to Iran's forces, its Shi'ite Muslim proxies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups.

Tillerson says it was going to be "very difficult" to get China to agree to an oil embargo.

The two discussed North Korea's "destabilising activities" and the importance of the worldwide community coming together "to put pressure on the regime", May's spokesman said.

And to top it all off, this week he and International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, were told the Government's response to Hurricane Irma had been "found wanting" and many suffering the storm's devastation in United Kingdom overseas territories "are still in grave need".

He said he would chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee to check the progress of the response and Commonwealth Minister Lord Ahmad was due to arrive in the Turks and Caicos.

The Foreign Secretary said the countries had a shared goal to "break the political deadlock" and rally behind the United Nations' efforts to bring all sides together.

Tillerson said he hoped Beijing would decide "on their own to take it up upon themselves to use that very powerful tool of oil supply to persuade North Korea to reconsider" its development of nuclear weapons and its approach to negotiations.

Johnson said sanctions were a way of "maximizing the pressure on North Korea to reach a diplomatic solution", calling for the "complete and irreversible" denuclearization of the Korean peninsular.