Prayut aims for October Trump meet

Tillerson 'pressures regime' on N Korea

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha welcomes US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Thai Khu Fah Building of Government House. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said he will visit the United States at the invitation of US President Donald Trump this October, amid reports that the US has pressured Thailand to help cut funding sources to North Korea.

This is the first time the prime minister has indicated a clear timeline for the overseas visit after Mr Trump invited the prime minister to the White House on an official trip in a phone call in April.

Gen Prayut's announcement came during a visit from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Bangkok. Mr Tillerson met the prime minister on Tuesday.

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