World Bulletin / News Desk
Tillerson began the first leg of his five-nation Africa tour with a visit to Ethiopia after he arrived in the capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday.
He met African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat with whom he discussed economic partnership and collaboration against terrorism.
“African countries can contribute to [putting pressure on] North Korea,” Tillerson said.
The U.S. has long stressed that North Korea must demonstrate its willingness to denuclearize before being rewarded with dialogue.
Washington has led many of its own sanctions in addition to global punitive measures aimed at reining in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
Tillerson expressed Washington's discomfort at China's growing influence in Africa.
“African countries should carefully consider terms of investments [by China] in Africa,” he said.
Tillerson said China was encouraging dependency in Africa through its infrastructure and other support.
Analysts say the U.S. policy towards Africa has strings attached, while China has not placed any such conditions.
In direct response to Tillerson's comments, Mahamat said African nations were well aware of their priorities and the nature of their foreign partners.
He said he was satisfied with his discussions with the U.S. secretary of state, which ranged from security and economy to trade and commerce.
Earlier, Tillerson announced $533 million in food security assistance for Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Lake Chad region.
The attack targeted a meeting of ISIL leaders in the eastern Deir Ez Zour province
Official results of Iraq’s parliamentary election have been dogged by controversy and allegations of vote-rigging
Threat comes after EU announced 25 percent tariff on US products
Armed terrorists ‘neutralized’ in northern Iraqi region of Gara
Palestinians have been holding mass rallies near Gaza-Israel security fence since March 30
Police report states driver of car that killed pedestrian in Arizona was streaming television show
Decision follows Trump's pledge to end “war games” during Singapore summit
Conservative bill was widely expected to fail in the chamber
Washington urges Moscow to reign in ally amid offensive in de-escalation zone
‘Koko touched lives of millions as an icon for interspecies communication and empathy’, Gorilla Foundation says
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says they will look into strengthening transatlantic bond in summit next month
Administration to no longer require immediate legal proceedings for undocumented adults who cross illegally with children
Trump administration makes request following backlash over its immigration policy
President says he will take ‘preemptive’ action to halt the actions that have drawn widespread criticism