WATCH: State Department says Tillerson will address North Korean missile threat in Asia trip

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson travels to Japan, South Korea and China next week seeking coordination to address the nuclear and missile threat from North Korea.

It will be Tillerson’s first trip to the region since he took office a month ago as the top U.S. diplomat under the Trump administration. He arrives in Tokyo on March 15, before traveling to Seoul and Beijing.

The State Department said Tuesday that Tillerson will reaffirm the administration’s commitment to enhance U.S. economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

It was the first news briefing by the State Department since President Donald Trump took office.

The department had scheduled a briefing for Monday, but canceled it because of the announcement of Trump’s new travel ban, made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson along with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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