Tillerson in London to urge pressure on North Korea

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"Initial assessment indicates the launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile", the Hawaii-based command said in a statement, in reference to the launch of a missile that flew over Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido before falling into the Pacific Ocean.

On September 3, North Korea detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date, prompting the UN Security Council to implement new sanctions.

The move announced by European Union headquarters Thursday follows the Security Council resolution of August 5, which bans North Korea from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood products estimated to be worth over $1 billion.

Before returning to Washington, Tillerson is due to address a press conference with his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

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"United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. Russian Federation is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor", he added.

British authorities emphasized this would be Secretary Tillerson's second visit to the United Kingdom since he took up his post and would follow his visit last May in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, which killed 22 people and injured 120.

"It's clear that with respect to oil, and a complete embargo on oil from the UN Security Council, that's going to be very hard", he said. Still he's urging China as a "great country and a world power" to use its leverage as the supplier of virtually all North Korea's oil.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on all nations, including China and Russian Federation, to step up pressure on North Korea following its latest missile launch Thursday.

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The US hopes the trip will give "new energy and focus to mediation efforts led by the United Nations", Hook said.

But the White House has hinted strongly that President Donald Trump won't certify to Congress next month that Iran is in compliance.

'They also discussed North Korea and its continuing destabilising activities.

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