Winston Peters may visit North Korea as a mediator for talks with the West - reports

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Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters may be taken to North Korea as a mediator for talks with the West according to reports.

The NZ Foreign Minister had two meetings with Rex Tillerson at the East Asia Summit in the Philippines this week.
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The speculation comes after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  held a surprising last-minute meeting with Mr Peters to discuss an issue relating to the Pacific.

Newshub reports it's "believed Mr Peters will at some point be taken to North Korea by the West". NewstalkZB also reports that Mr Peters could be heading for North Korea.

Mr Peters sat down for the meeting with the US' top diplomat in the Philippines yesterday at Mr Tillerson's request just days after the pair held formal bilateral talks in Vietnam when they attended the APEC summit.

"I can't tell you about the details of it," a cagey Mr Peters said after the meeting.

"It's to do with this region and initiatives coming in the future but it would be remiss of me - the prime minister has been fully informed of it - to divulge what it was about until we know."

There's speculation it could relate to a mysterious tweet by US President Donald Trump.

"I will be making a major statement from the White House upon my return to [Washington] DC," he tweeted before boarding Air Force One to return home after his 12-day tour of Asia.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was equally reluctant to talk about the contents of the meeting.

"One would be unwise to predict the nature of any of President Trump's tweets," she said.

Mr Peters has had a number of other encounters with Mr Tillerson this week.

They were seated next to each other at a gala dinner and later chatted over a glass of New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

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