US ready for talks with North Korea ‘without preconditions’, Tillerson says

Secretary of state’s remarks appear to mark shift in state department policy, which had previously required proof North Korea was giving up nuclear arsenal

Rex Tillerson has said that the US is ready to begin exploratory talks with North Korea “without preconditions”, but only after a “period of quiet” without new nuclear or missile tests.

The secretary of state’s remarks appeared to mark a shift in state department policy, which had previously required Pyongyang to show it was “serious” about giving up its nuclear arsenal before contacts could start. And the language was a long way from repeated comments by Donald Trump that such contacts are a “waste of time”.

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‘Don’t frighten the horses’: Roy Moore arrives on horseback to cast vote – video

“Don’t frighten the horses” was the plea to a rolling scrum of cameramen and reporters on Tuesday as the controversial Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore cast his vote in remote, rural Alabama. The former judge is battling with the Democrat Doug Jones for the vacant Senate seat in Alabama whilst facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

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