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Feb 18, 2014

Kerry to praise progress on unannounced visit to Tunisia: officials

TUNIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Tunisia on Tuesday to praise democratic progress in the country where the “Arab Spring” began and discuss its efforts to tackle Islamist militants, his staff said.

After a crisis last year brought on by the killing of two opposition leaders, Tunisia’s transition got back on track when it adopted a new constitution last month and ruling Islamists stepped down for a caretaker administration to govern until elections this year.

Feb 17, 2014

Syria peace talks failure spurs U.S.-Russia recriminations

JAKARTA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States accused Damascus on Monday of paralyzing Geneva peace talks, while Russia said nations backing Syrian rebels were leaning toward a military, not a negotiated, outcome to a civil war whose death toll exceeds 140,000.

A second round of talks in Geneva broke up on Saturday with chief mediator Lakhdar Brahimi lamenting a failure to advance much beyond agreement on an agenda for a third round later.

Feb 17, 2014

Asia-Pacific stability depends on success of ASEAN code of conduct -Kerry

JAKARTA, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry increased diplomatic pressure on China on Monday to
resolve maritime disputes with Southeast Asia based on
international legal principles, rather than through individual
deals as Beijing prefers.

Speaking in Jakarta, Kerry said the stability of the
Asia-Pacific depended on achieving a binding code of conduct to
help nations peacefully address competing claims in the South
China Sea and to avoid conflict in one of the world’s most
strategically important waterways.

Feb 17, 2014

Kerry blames Assad government for failure of latest Syria peace talks

JAKARTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Assad government for stalling Syrian peace talks and pressed Russia to stop supplying it weapons, telling Moscow it needed to be part of the solution.

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said in Geneva on Saturday that the first two rounds of peace talks had not made much progress but that the two sides had agreed on an agenda for a third round at an unspecified date.

Feb 16, 2014

Kerry calls climate change “weapon of mass destruction”

JAKARTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Indonesians on Sunday that man-made climate change could threaten their entire way of life, deriding those who doubted the existence of “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction”.

Kerry described those who do not accept that human activity causes global warming as “shoddy scientists” and “extreme ideologues”, and said big companies and special interests should not be allowed to “hijack” the climate debate.

Feb 16, 2014

Climate change threatens Indonesians’ way of life: Kerry

JAKARTA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Indonesians on Sunday that climate change could threaten their “entire way of life” as he called for all nations to do more to stop global warming.

Speaking to students, Kerry derided skeptics of the view that human activity causes global warming as “shoddy scientists” and “extreme ideologues” and he said big companies and special interests should not be allowed to “hijack” the climate debate.

Feb 14, 2014

Kerry says China willing to pressure N.Korea on nuclear plans

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday China is willing to exert more pressure to get North Korea to give up its nuclear programme.

He told reporters in Beijing he was pleased that China “could not have more forcefully reiterated its commitment” to the goal of denuclearising North Korea.

Feb 14, 2014

Kerry says China willing to push North Korea more on nuclear plans

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that China is willing to exert more pressure to get North Korea to give up its controversial nuclear program and take additional steps to achieve this goal.

Speaking in Seoul before leaving for Beijing, Kerry said China should be doing more to help nudge Pyongyang – which has rattled the region with nuclear tests and angry rhetoric – into line.

Feb 13, 2014

Kerry says North Korea should not link family reunions with exercises

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday military exercises with South Korea this month will be the same as drills that have been held over the years and North Korea should not link them with reunions of separated Korean families.

North Korea, which says the exercises are a rehearsal for war, demanded in rare talks with South Korean officials on Wednesday that the drills be postponed so that they do not overlap with the planned reunion of families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Feb 12, 2014

Kerry to take harder U.S. line on Asia maritime disputes to China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States fired a shot across China’s bow a week ago by taking a tougher stance on maritime disputes in East Asia, a message Secretary of State John Kerry will amplify in Beijing this week.

The high tensions in Asia over Beijing’s territorial claims in the East China and South China Seas will be near the top of Kerry’s agenda when he meets senior Chinese officials on Friday. He will also discuss North Korea and climate change.

    • About Arshad

      "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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