WASHINGTON, July 13 - The United States is using quiet diplomacy to persuade the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and other Asian nations not to move aggressively to capitalize on an international court ruling that denied China's claims to the East Vietnam Sea, several U.S. administration officials said on Wednesday. WASHINGTON, July 13 - The United States is using quiet diplomacy to persuade the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and other Asian nations not to move aggressively to capitalize on an international court ruling that denied China's claims to the East Vietnam Sea, several U.S. administration officials said on Wednesday. "What we want is to quiet things down so these issues can be addressed rationally instead of emotionally," said one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private diplomatic messages. Some were sent through U.S. embassies abroad and foreign missions in Washington, while others were conveyed directly to top officials by Defense … [Read more...] about U.S. launches quiet diplomacy to ease East Vietnam Sea tensions
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North Korea said on Friday it had detained a U.S. university student for committing a "hostile act" and wanting to "destroy the country's unity", the third western citizen known to be held in the isolated state. The North's official KCNA news agency said Otto Frederick Warmbier entered North Korea as a tourist and "was caught committing a hostile act against the state", which it said was "tolerated and manipulated by the U.S. government". Gareth Johnson of China-based Young Pioneer Tours said Warmbier, a 21-year-old student at the University of Virginia, was on one of its North Korea tours and detained on Jan. 2. An official at the U.S. embassy in the South Korean capital Seoul said it was aware of the reported arrest. The U.S. State Department in Washington had no immediate comment. Johnson said Young Pioneer Tours was in contact with Warmbier's family and U.S. officials. "We are in touch with Otto's family, the U.S. State Department and the Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang and … [Read more...] about North Korea says detains U.S. student for ‘hostile act’
U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was slashed in the face by a Korean assailant at a breakfast forum in the capital early on Thursday, police and a witness said, but was not seriously wounded. Lippert, 42, was bleeding from a facial wound but was walking after the attack as he was taken to the hospital. He was later reported to be in a stable condition. A White House official in Washington said Lippert's injuries were not life-threatening. U.S. President Barack Obama called Lippert to wish him a speedy recovery, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said. The assailant, identified by police as Kim Ki-jong, 55, wore traditional Korean clothing and shouted that North and South Korea should be reunited. He also shouted that he opposed war exercises, an apparent reference to annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises that began this week. "The guy comes in wearing traditional Korean brown and tan dress. He yells something, goes up … [Read more...] about U.S. ambassador to South Korea slashed in face by assailant
SEOUL, Feb 7 (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbours and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. North Korea said the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and it was making a polar orbit of Earth every 94 minutes. The launch order was given by his son, leader Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be 33 years old. The launch prompted South Korea and the United States to announce that they would explore the feasibility of deploying an advanced missile defence system in South Korea, which China and Russia both oppose, "at the earliest possible date." North Korea's state news agency carried a still … [Read more...] about North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbours, U.S.
VietNamNet Bridge - The projects to build Vietnam's third and fourth nuclear power plants are exactly what the US nuclear technology firms are heading to. A US delegation of nuclear trade policy recently came to Hanoi. The group included Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez, Dr. Pete Lyons, Dr. Pete Lyons, the Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Mr. Joyce Connery, the White House's Director Nuclear Energy Policy and representatives of 18 companies, law firms and professional associations of the USA. On May 17, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam to organized a seminar for the delegation to discuss with representatives of many agencies, businesses and Vietnamese experts on issues related to practical experience in developing civilian nuclear power and the current policy of the US in general and the policy for the nuclear power development program of Vietnam today. The U.S. … [Read more...] about The U.S. sets foot in Vietnam’s nuclear power market