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World Gulf Arabs relish Tillerson firing; Iran weighs nuclear deal

11:51  14 march  2018
11:51  14 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 's firing is reverberating across a Middle East where Iran fears his replacement will fight to end the 2015 nuclear deal , a hope of Gulf Arab states as Palestinians worry about a further-emboldened nationalist Israeli government.

Iran Nuclear Deal , Middle East, Rex Tillerson . Reactions in the Middle East on Wednesday to the firing of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reflect the volatile divide between Iran , where many fear his departure heralds the demise of the 2015 nuclear deal , and Gulf Arab nations hoping for a more

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walks down a hallway after speaking at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. President Donald Trump fired Tillerson and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, in a major staff reshuffle just as Trump dives into high-stakes talks with North Korea. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © The Associated Press Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walks down a hallway after speaking at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. President Donald Trump fired Tillerson and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, in a major staff reshuffle just as Trump dives into high-stakes talks with North Korea. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Reactions in the Middle East to the firing of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reflect the volatile divide between Iran, where many fear his departure heralds the demise of the 2015 nuclear deal, and Gulf Arab nations hoping for a more hawkish U.S. stance toward Tehran and Qatar.

Iran's daily Javad newspaper, believed to be close to the hard-line Revolutionary Guard, said Wednesday that replacing Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo signaled the end of the nuclear deal.

The newspaper said: "For quitting the deal his dumping was necessary."

In the United Arab Emirates, the English-language Khaleej Times borrowed from U.S. President Donald Trump's show-biz days for its headline: "YOU'RE FIRED!"

Saudi Arabia's English-language Arab News had the same headline, as well as a stinging front-page editorial targeting Tillerson.

Tillerson urges 'kindness' in farewell remarks at State .
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday praised the work of the agency's employees and urged kindness in the face of what he called "a very mean-spirited town." Speaking to department personnel in what are likely to be his last remarks as the nation's chief diplomat, Tillerson emphasized values of respect and dignity, and called for employees to perform "one act of kindness" each day. "This can Speaking to department personnel in what are likely to be his last remarks as the nation's chief diplomat, Tillerson emphasized values of respect and dignity, and called for employees to perform "one act of kindness" each day.

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