Tillerson Says Imposing Oil Embargo on North Korea Will Be 'Very Difficult'

Elias Hubbard
September 15, 2017

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly emphasized the significance of the 2015 nuclear accord negotiated between Iran and the United States and global powers during a recent meeting with Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonUS limiting visas in four countries for refusing deportations Senate votes down Paul's bid to revoke war authorizations 'Game of Thrones' polling company takes on White House shakeups MORE.

Tillerson also praised UK Prime Minister Theresa May's position on North Korea by saying that Britain has demonstrated "very strong support and resolve" and has sent "very strong messages to North Korea and the regime in North Korea that their efforts to advance their nuclear weapons program and the threatening posture they have taken is not acceptable".

Although not officially on the agenda for the trip, the subject of Iran was raised at the meeting between Tillerson, May and Britain's national security adviser.

Tillerson also said Iran was clearly in default of the expectations of the 2015 deal.

Implementing a complete oil embargo against North Korea is going to be extremely hard, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. "They agreed on the importance of the worldwide community continuing to work together to put pressure on the regime".

The United States has sought an embargo on oil imports to North Korea at the U.N. Security Council in response to North Korea's most powerful nuclear test to date.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in London on Thursday to discuss issues including Hurricane Irma, North Korea and Libya, his office said.

And expect the situation in Libya to come up during talks with representatives from the U.N., Italy, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Backed by Western governments, the United Nations is trying to heal a rift between Libya's rival factions in order to stabilise the country and to tackle militant violence and people-smuggling from Libya's northern coast.

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