Russia's Lavrov, US's Tillerson to meet August 6-8

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"During these meetings, Secretary Tillerson will meet with his counterparts and discuss a range of issues including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maritime security, and counterterrorism", Nauert said.

The U.S. has been pushing for talks with North Korea over ending its nuclear program but says conditions for talks haven't yet been met by Pyongyang.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton said that as many as 90 per cent of North Korea's economy is still flowing through China, so Beijing has more leverage on North Korea than any other country.

Thornton says the US expects a "general chorus of condemnation" of North Korea during the summit.

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A senior Trump administration official said on Tuesday that Trump was close to a decision on how to respond to what he considers China's unfair trade practices and was considering action that could lead to tariffs or other trade restrictions on Chinese goods. The US, she said has been working with China on North Korea.

"We and China have the same goal, which is denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, and so we share a mutual interest there and we want to find out how we can work more effectively together to bring about that change in North Korea that we would like to see", she said. "If we can work together to do that, surely we can have a productive, mutually beneficial economic relationship in which we both enjoy reciprocal and fair access to each other's markets".

She said the United States would "certainly" raise human rights with Philippine President Duterte's government. Duterte has remained defiant, accusing critics of "trivializing" his drug campaign with human rights concerns.

The meetings are also expected to focus on U.S. policy toward Asia following the USA withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in January, as well as a rising threat of terrorism in the region such as the siege by Islamic State-linked militants of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

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