Tillerson in Thailand to convince Bangkok to isolate Pyongyang

Thais hope to get off Trump's trade hit list

UPDATE: Thailand Pledges Adherence To Sanctions Imposed On North Korea

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday that Thailand's trade with North Korea, which faces United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missiles tests, has fallen sharply compared with previous year.

He was referring to Resolution 2371, passed on Saturday, which targets North Korea's primary exports and other foreign revenue sources.

The foreign minister said the statement was not meant merely to pressure North Korea but to address the issue constructively.

Thailand on Tuesday pledged to abide by the new UN Security Council resolution to sanction North Korea as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the country.

Up to 94% of trade volume between Thailand and North Korea has been cut from previous year, Don said.

A narrowing trade gap would also reduce the risk of Thailand being labelled by Washington as a currency manipulator - the last thing Thailand wants as it struggles with a baht currency that exporters find uncomfortably strong.

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During his five-hour visit to Bangkok, Tillerson signed a condolence book for the revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose death after seven decades on the throne was felt deeply in Thailand.

Mr Tillerson also met over lunch with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who told him that his government will adhere to its road map to restoring civilian control in the country, under which elections are scheduled for next year.

On Prayut's upcoming visit to Washington, Weerachon said Tillerson hoped he would welcome the Thai prime minister and his delegates to the White House soon as both officials continued their discussion on the date of the state visit.

"For Thailand, if it expects to get back in business as usual with the US, it needs to open with lifting repression of fundamental rights and freedoms immediately", he said. -Thai relationship hit rock bottom with the Obama administration following the 2014 coup, but that the Trump administration is engaged in a regional realignment focused on its North Korea policy. He added that the issue of human rights was not specifically broached during talks.

"I see no conflict - no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation [on Islamic State] and our views of the human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counter-narcotics activities", Tillerson said.

Rex Tillerson, who has frequently visited in Thailand at the time, he was director of ExxonMobil, told the staff of the american embassy in Bangkok that it was "developing" the relationship with the old ally, the historical background of the United States during the Vietnam war.

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