Tillerson in Thailand as US ties improve

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives at Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Reuters photo)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Thailand on Tuesday in the highest level visit by a US official since a military coup in 2014 soured relations with the United States and brought the ruling junta closer to China.

Mr Tillerson's visit follows his attendance at a regional security forum in Manila at the weekend.

One of Mr Tillerson's top priorities has been urging Southeast Asian countries to do more to help cut funding streams for North Korea, with which he has held open the door for dialogue if it halts its recent series of missile tests.

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