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US, Mexico Step Up Fight Against Illegal Drug Crime, Violence

Top U.S. and Mexican officials met at the State Department in Washington Thursday and agreed to increase their efforts to disrupt the deadly business of transnational criminal organizations (TCO). Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said the illegal drugs TCOs peddle are taking an enormous toll on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, with more than 64,000 Americans dying from drug overdoses last year. Sullivan said the death toll from synthetic opioids alone claimed more lives than both heroin and prescription painkillers, and said close collaboration is the only way…

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State Department: No Change in US-North Korea Policy

Hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson caught worldwide attention Tuesday, appearing to strike a different tone toward North Korea, saying “we’re ready to have the first meeting without preconditions,” the White House issued a statement putting a damper on any hopes of a possible diplomatic opening. “The president’s views on North Korea have not changed. North Korea is acting in an unsafe way, not only toward Japan, China and South Korea, but the entire world. North Korea’s actions are not good for anyone and certainly not good for North…

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Tillerson Hopes Diplomacy Can Counter North Korea Nuclear Threat

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson struck a different chord on North Korea Tuesday, saying the United States is ready to have the first meeting with Pyongyang “without preconditions.” But the chief U.S. diplomat also said there would need to be a period of quiet — without additional nuclear and missile tests — before talks could commence in earnest. VOA diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department. … Read the referenced story here: Tillerson Hopes Diplomacy Can Counter North Korea Nuclear Threat

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