蒂勒森国务卿说，美俄两国之间的沟通 “将始终保持开放”。 他说，他希望了解为什么在一些地方存在尖锐的分歧，以及缩小这些分歧的前景。
Lavrov: Russia Has Questions About Ambiguous US Policies
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that his government has had a lot of questions about what he said were ambiguous and contradictory ideas coming from the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Lavrov spoke at the start of a meeting in Moscow with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adding that it is important for Russia to understand U.S. intentions.
Lavrov also referenced last week's U.S. strike on a Syrian airbase, which came in response to a chemical weapons attack, calling the U.S. response "troubling."
Tillerson was more brief in his opening statement, but like Lavrov, he said that Wednesday's talks were happening at an important time and would include a frank discussion of their differences and mutual interests.
The top U.S. diplomat said the lines of communication between the two countries "shall always remain open." He said he wants to understand why certain areas of sharp differences exist and the prospects for narrowing those divides.
G7 ministers meeting Tuesday in the Italian city of Lucca failed to agree on targeted sanctions against the Russian and Syrian military, arguing that an investigation would first have to confirm who in Syria used chemical weapons against civilians in the country last week.
Chinese Leader Advocates Peaceful Solution to North Korea Tensions
Chinese state media say President Xi Jinping told U.S. leader Donald Trump that resolving North Korea tensions should be achieved peacefully.
The reports said the leaders spoke by telephone Wednesday, nearly a week after face-to-face talks at a summit in the U.S. state of Florida. The White House has not yet issued its account of the conversation.
On Tuesday, Trump used Twitter to reiterate his calls for China to help rein in North Korea.
“North Korea is looking for trouble,” Trump wrote. “If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!”
He did not elaborate on what actions the U.S. might take. But in another message posted minutes earlier, Trump said he told Xi terms of a trade deal would be better for China “if they solve the North Korea problem.”
China is North Korea's main benefactor, with the Council on Foreign Relations describing Beijing as North Korea's “most important ally, biggest trading partner, and main source of food, arms, and energy.”
But China has also grown weary of North Korea's repeated missile tests in violation of United Nations sanctions, as well as its five nuclear tests. Some analysts believe North Korea is preparing a sixth nuclear test.
Trump Saturday dispatched a U.S. Navy strike group to the northern Pacific waters near North Korea to send a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea has said that the U.S. missile attack last week on Syria in response to that country's use of chemical weapons justifies Pyongyang's nuclear development program, as the country fears a similar U.S. attack.