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Tillerson, Russia's Lavrov to meet on Sunday - US State Dept

18 September 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and discussed the current situation in Syria, an official has said.

Earlier, the top U.S. diplomat gave an interview to the program Face the Nation on CBS saying that "if our diplomatic efforts (on North Korea) fail though, our military option will be the only one left". Possible topics include the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Syrian civil war and North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

"Definitely, there is no military solution there, no doubt that if any military operation is carried out, unfortunately, North Korea's authorities will fulfill those possibilities that they have", Kosachev stressed. This is the sixth time since 1998 when a North Korean missile or its fragments fly over Japan's territory. Nikki Haley told CNN that the UN Security Council has run out of options to rein in North Korea.

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He also said the US wants China to help step up pressure on North Korea by cutting off its vital oil supply, while Russian Federation can clamp down on foreign laborers from the isolated nation.

The move further escalated tensions in the region after North Korea conducted a nuclear test earlier this month.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who Donald Trump contemptuously referred to as "rocket man" over the weekend, has continued to progress in his nuclear programme despite the United Nations passing two new sets of sanctions against the hermit kingdom in 2016.

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Also on Sunday, National Security adviser HR McMaster expressed doubts as to whether or not economic measures would be a sufficient deterrent to the regime's attempts at nuclear stockpiling; telling the ABC the United States had been forced to "make sure all options are under development".

"If our diplomatic efforts fail, though, our military option will be the only one left".

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Tillerson, Russia's Lavrov to meet on Sunday - US State Dept