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Tillerson Meets UN's Guterres After Saying Break Relations With North Korea, Sweden Switch

By Matthew Russell Lee, New Platform

UNITED NATIONS, April 28 – After the North Korea meeting of the UN Security Council on April 28, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went up to the UN's 38th floor accompanied by Ambassador Nikki Haley to meet Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his team including American Jeffrey Feltman, nominated to the UN by the previous US administration. As Tillerson signed the UN visitors' book at some length, Nikki Haley joked she was glad she wasn't the one signing. Inner City Press Periscope video here. Earlier Tillerson had urged member states to suspend diplomatic relations with North Korea. Inner City Press asked Guterres' also holdover spokesman Stephane Dujarric if Guterres still believes, as Dujarric said earlier in the week with regard to diplomatic relations of Morocco and Cuba, that all such relations are good. Dujarric wouldn't answer directly. After the noon briefing  Inner City Press went to Guterres and China foreign minister Wang Yi photo op - here are its photos of Wang Yi at the stakeout - and also found (Tweeted photos here) the whole Guterres team in attendance: not only Feltman but also Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed, Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, holdover head of Political Affairs Tanguy Stehelin, Kung-hwa Kang and more. Periscope video here. Guterres had barely said that he will be in Beijing soon when the Press was ushered out.  During the morning's Security Council meeting the UN sent out Sweden's speech, which included a line: "diplomatic relations constitutes the basis for our efforts and must be upheld in accordance with the Vienna Convention." See Patreon here. Then the UN sent out a "revised" Swedish speech with the line about upholding diplomat relations removed. Also Patreon here. Call it the Tillerson effect. Some background: when Sweden got involved in an "Elected Ten" draft on Syria, the US sources tell Inner City Press questioned the move. Did that play any role in Sweden's "revised" speech? We'll have more on this.


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