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Apr 15, 2013

In Tokyo, Kerry defends U.S. strategic pivot to Asia

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended the re-orientation of U.S. foreign policy toward Asia on Monday as he ended a trip to the region dominated by concerns about North Korea’s nuclear programs.

The “rebalancing” of the United States toward Asia has caused unease in Beijing, which has tended to focus on the military dimensions of the strategy and to view it as a way to contain China’s rise.

Apr 14, 2013

Kerry says U.S. ready to ‘reach out’ to North Korea

TOKYO, April 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry on Sunday stressed the United States is willing to engage
with North Korea as long as it takes steps to give up nuclear
weapons.

He also vowed Washington would protect its Asian allies
against any provocative acts by the North, but said it wants a
peaceful solution to rising tensions in the region.

Apr 14, 2013

Pushing to rein in North Korea, U.S.’s Kerry to meet Japan leaders

TOKYO, April 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry arrived in Japan on Sunday, the last stop on an Asian tour
aimed at solidifying support for curbing North Korea’s nuclear
programme and reassuring U.S. allies after weeks of threats of
war from Pyongyang.

The North has threatened for weeks to attack the United
States and South Korea since new U.N. sanctions were imposed in
response to its latest nuclear arms test in February.
Speculation has mounted of a new missile launch or nuclear test.

Apr 14, 2013

U.S.’s Kerry lands in Japan in push to rein in North Korea

TOKYO, April 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry arrived in Japan on Sunday, the last stop on an Asian tour
aimed at solidifying support for curbing North Korea’s nuclear
programme and reassuring U.S. allies after weeks of threats of
war from Pyongyang.

Kerry’s talks with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida,
coincide with preparations for the North’s biggest holiday of
the year on Monday, the Day of the Sun, the birth date of state
founder Kim Il-Sung – an occasion for pomp and perhaps a
military display.

Apr 13, 2013

U.S. says agrees with China on peaceful North Korea solution

BEIJING, April 13 (Reuters) – The United States said on
Saturday that China had agreed to help rid North Korea of its
nuclear capability by peaceful means, but Beijing made no
specific commitment in public to pressure its long-time ally to
change its ways.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met China’s top leaders
in a bid to persuade them to push reclusive North Korea, whose
main diplomatic supporter is Beijing, to scale back its
belligerence and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.

Apr 13, 2013

U.S., China agree on North Korea denuclearization push

BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States and China agreed on Saturday to make a joint effort to push for the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, following weeks of bellicose rhetoric from North Korea and rising tensions in northeast Asia.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met China’s top leaders in a bid to persuade them to exert pressure on North Korea, whose main diplomatic supporter is Beijing, to scale back its belligerence and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.

Apr 13, 2013

Kerry meets China’s leaders to push them on North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met China’s top leaders on Saturday in a bid to persuade them to exert pressure on North Korea to scale back its belligerent rhetoric and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.

Travelling to Beijing for the first time as secretary of state, Kerry made no secret of his desire to see China take a more activist stance towards North Korea, which in recent weeks has threatened nuclear war against the United States and South Korea.

Apr 13, 2013

Kerry to meet China’s top leaders to discuss North Korea

BEIJING, April 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry meets China’s top leaders on Saturday in an effort to
persuade them to exert pressure on North Korea to scale back its
belligerent rhetoric and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.

Travelling to Beijing for the first time as secretary of
state, Kerry made no secret of his desire to see China take a
more activist stance toward North Korea, which in recent weeks
has threatened nuclear war against the United States.

Apr 12, 2013

U.S. tells N.Korea new missile launch would be “huge mistake”

SEOUL, April 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry warned North Korea on Friday it would be a “huge mistake”
to test launch a medium-range missile and said the United States
would never accept the reclusive country as a nuclear power.

Addressing reporters after talks with South Korea’s
president and leaders of the 28,000-strong U.S. military
contingent in the country, Kerry also said it was up to China,
North Korea’s sole major ally, to “put some teeth” into efforts
to press Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

Apr 12, 2013

U.S. will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea, Kerry says

SEOUL, April 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry dismissed as “unacceptable by any standard” weeks of
bellicose warnings of impending nuclear war by North Korea and
said Washington would never accept the reclusive state becoming
a nuclear power.

Kerry, addressing reporters after talks with South Korean
President Park Geun-hye and leaders of the 28,000-strong U.S.
military contingent in the country, also said the United States
would defend its allies in the region if necessary.

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      "I cover U.S. foreign policy for Reuters from a base at the State Department. I joined Reuters in 1988 and have worked as a correspondent in New York, Paris, Algiers and Washington, where I have covered the White House (1996-2002) and the State Department (2002-2005, 2006-present)."
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