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Politics Differences on North Korea key to Trump's Tillerson decision: sources

01:45  15 march  2018
01:45  15 march  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Tillerson says several steps needed for U.S. talks with North Korea

  Tillerson says several steps needed for U.S. talks with North Korea Several steps will be necessary to agree the location and scope of talks between the United States and North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday. Tillerson has been involved in discussions within the U.S. administration on a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un."There will be several steps necessary to agree on location, agree on the scope of those discussions. It's very early stages. We've not heard anything directly back from North Korea but we expect to hear something directly from them," he said during a visit to Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

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Differences over how to deal with North Korea's nuclear challenge were a key factor in President Donald Trump's decision to replace Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state, according to sources familiar with the internal deliberations.

Tillerson had been an early advocate of talks with North Korea to the annoyance of Trump, who wanted to keep applying maximum pressure on Pyongyang before responding to an invitation to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the sources said.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Differences over how to deal with North Korea 's nuclear challenge were a key factor in President Donald Trump ' s decision to replace Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state, according to sources familiar with the internal deliberations. Tillerson had been an early advocate of

Differences over how to deal with North Korea 's nuclear challenge were a key factor in President Donald Trump ' s decision to replace Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state, according to sources familiar with the internal deliberations. Tillerson had been an early advocate of talks with North

That had led to fear that Tillerson might be too willing to make concessions to North Korea, the sources said.

"He's got to have somebody in there that he totally trusts,” said a senior U.S. official.

In recent weeks Trump spent time putting in place a succession plan, lining up Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo to take over at the State Department and CIA deputy director Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo as the head of the spy agency, the source said.

A key aim was to get the team in place prior to moving ahead with North Korea.

Trump and Kim have committed to meeting at a time and place to be determined before the end of May to discuss North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

In a snub, Tillerson was left out of the loop regarding the North Korean invitation and was on his first trip to Africa when Trump sat down at the White House with a visiting delegation from South Korea last Thursday and agreed to meet Kim.

Pompeo to meet Tillerson, U.S. senators on transition

  Pompeo to meet Tillerson, U.S. senators on transition U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will meet with Rex Tillerson at the State Department on Monday before heading to the Capitol to start trying to win confirmation from the Senate, a U.S. official said. Load Error It will be the first meeting between Pompeo, who is leaving his post as CIA director, and Tillerson since Trump's decision to fire the former Exxon Mobil CEO last week following a series of rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran.Pompeo will then head to Congress for meetings with senators ahead of his nomination hearing sometime in April.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Differences over how to deal with North Korea 's nuclear challenge were a key factor in President Donald Trump ' s decision to replace Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state, according to sources familiar with the internal deliberations. Tillerson had been an early advocate of

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Differences over how to deal with North Korea 's nuclear challenge were a key factor in President Donald Trump ' s decision to replace Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state, according to sources familiar with the internal deliberations. Tillerson had been an early advocate of

The next day, Friday, Trump told White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to tell Tillerson he needed to resign, White House officials said.

One source said Kelly had been trying to protect Tillerson as long as he could, but that Trump had grown weary of Tillerson's tendency to contradict the president on a variety of issues and had been telling friends he was about to dump him.

Tillerson, who was in Nairobi at the time and still had two stops to go - Chad and Nigeria - asked that he first return to the United States before it was announced.

Hours after Tillerson landed in Washington on Tuesday, Trump announced on Twitter that he was being dismissed and replaced by Pompeo.

State Department officials said Tillerson did not know why he was being pushed out. One of them, Steve Goldstein, was fired later on Tuesday after he contradicted the White House's version.

Tillerson, whose tenure ends on March 31, returned to the State Department on Wednesday to hand over responsibilities to John Sullivan, his deputy, and to meet with senior officials, a State Department official said.

The official said Tillerson's chief of staff, Margaret Peterlin, and deputy chief of staff, Christine Ciccone, had resigned.

It was not immediately clear whether Tillerson's policy chief, Brian Hook, would stay on beyond March 31. The department announced on Wednesday that Hook would travel to Vienna to participate in a meeting on Friday on the Iran nuclear deal.

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Tom Brown)

Trump decided "himself" on talks with N.Korea - Sec Of State Tillerson .
U.S. President Donald Trump made the decision to hold talks with North Korea himself, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday, and the talks will take "some weeks" to arrange.Trump has said he was prepared to meet Kim in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between the two countries' leaders and potentially mark a major breakthrough in nuclear tensions with Pyongyang.

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