US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, became the first high-ranking official from the Trump administration to travel to Moscow. He said Syria's future does not include Assad and talked about as Russia's role in this conflict.
Turkey is threatening a military offensive in Syria against the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin as it bombards US-backed forces there. The US has signalled it will continue to provide support to the Kurdish dominated SDF.
As North and South Korea engage in talks, a group of 20 countries has said Kim Jong Un needs to be forced to the negotiating table. Pyongyang has said it would send a cheer squad to next month's Winter Olympics.
European leaders have expressed concern that Donald Trump's "America First" agenda undermines transatlantic relations. But the US' top diplomat assured his EU and NATO counterparts of Washington's unwavering commitment.
The White House and Tillerson had differing accounts of which country was being helpful on North Korea. Meanwhile North Korea's UN ambassador has insisted its nuclear ambitions were in self-defense against the US.
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