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Tillerson Says Trump's Twitter Use Not a Hindrance to State Dept: 'I Don't View It as an Obstacle'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he warned his Russian counterpart relations between the United States and Russia could worsen, and they "just did".

The US does not seek a regime change in North Korea and wants to work with China to prevent the reclusive country from acquiring nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.

The assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere, covering Latin America and Canada, could play an outsized role in USA foreign policy given the Donald Trump administration's fixation on immigration issues from Latin America, trade deals with its closest neighbors, and the unraveling crisis in Venezuela. He also said he has a "good" relationship with President Donald Trump, who calls him daily, including late at night and on weekends, "when something comes to his head".

"We certainly don't blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea", Washington's top diplomat said.

He said the creation of a de-escalation zone in the southwest part of Syria, created by Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan was "one small measure of success". "The action by Congress to put these sanctions in place and the way they did، neither the president nor I are very happy about that،" Tillerson added.

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But here too, Tillerson was more diplomatic.

"There is a military option: To destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself", Graham said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said if Washington takes new unilateral measures to reduce the number of Russian diplomats in the United States, a symmetrical response would follow.

While Tillerson will no doubt seek to make progress the Trump administration's top priorities, at the outset it is important to recognize that in engaging regional interlocutors, he, like other top officials, is likely to face a barrage of questions about the administration's approach to Asia and the wider world. "We'll adapt to it". "Whatever the president chooses to express, he expresses, and then that's information to everybody, us included".

He brushed off the criticism of his management of the State Department.

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The move represents a "power grab" by the policy planning body, said Eliot Cohen, who served as State Department counselor during former President George W. Bush's administration.

Tillerson took issue with those characterizations.

He added: "Can we work together to address this global threat where we have a common objective?"

"It is to be expected that we will go through some morale issues early on", he said, holding out hope for "an uptick" soon.

"I decided that maybe if I start naming people to office when they're 8 or 9 years old, they'll be of age by the time we can get them through the process", Tillerson joked. "Of course it makes our life more hard".

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