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Jan 21, 2015

Obama’s top Asia adviser: goal is for complete trade pact in 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s top Asia adviser said on Wednesday the president’s request for trade promotion authority shows the administration’s goal is to complete a major trade pact with Asia this year.

Evan Medeiros, senior director for Asia at the U.S. National Security Council, asked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at an event at the Brookings Institution, said: “We are confident we can and we will get it done.”

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. eyes India drone, C-130 project deals for Obama trip

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The United States aims to
secure agreements with India to start pilot projects for joint
production of drones as well as equipment for transport planes
in talks next week ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, a
U.S. industry source said on Wednesday.

Frank Kendall, U.S. undersecretary of defense for
acquisition, technology and logistics, will be making his fourth
visit to India to promote collaboration on defense technologies
and co-production of weapons systems in an effort to finalize
the projects.

Jan 13, 2015

U.S. takes aim at North Korea’s remaining financial links

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States aims to use new sanctions imposed on North Korea over the cyber attack on Sony Pictures to cut off the country’s remaining links to the international financial system, a senior U.S. Treasury official said on Tuesday.

Daniel Glaser, assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the U.S. Treasury Department, said past sanctions had already discouraged “hundreds” of overseas banks, including China’s major commercial banks, from doing business with North Korea.

Dec 24, 2014

In plot reversal, Sony sends ‘The Interview’ to 200 theaters

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Sony Pictures
will allow “The Interview” to play in more than 200 U.S.
theaters as of Christmas Day, reversing its decision to pull the
film, after coming under criticism from President Barack Obama
and others for caving into pressure from North Korea.

The White House praised Sony’s about-face, which the studio
said would result in “a limited theatrical release” of the film,
which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and is about a fictional
plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

Dec 24, 2014

Sony Pictures moves to release ‘The Interview’ in about-face

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sony Pictures will allow “The Interview” to play in some U.S. theaters on Christmas Day, reversing its decision to pull the film, after coming under criticism from President Barack Obama and others for caving into pressure from North Korea.

The White House praised Sony’s about-face, which the studio said would result in “a limited theatrical release” of the film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and is about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

Dec 23, 2014

Sony Pictures backtracks, allows limited release of ‘The Interview’

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sony Pictures cleared the way on Tuesday for release of “The Interview” in some U.S. theaters on Christmas Day, less than a week after pulling the movie following a devastating cyberattack that has been blamed on North Korea.

Sony Pictures Chief Executive Michael Lynton said there would be “a limited theatrical release” in the United States of the comedy about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, and said the studio was looking for more options to screen the film.

Dec 22, 2014

North Korea suffers Internet outage, says U.S. expert

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – North Korea experienced
Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors
Internet infrastructure said, adding that the reason for the
problems was not known.

“For the past 24 hours North Korea’s connectivity to the
outside world has been progressively getting degraded to the
point now that they are totally offline,” said Doug Madory,
director of Internet analysis at New Hampshire-based Dyn
Research.

Dec 22, 2014

North Korea has Internet outage; hacking may be to blame: U.S. expert

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said, adding that the reason for the problems was not known.

“For the past 24 hours North Korea’s connectivity to the outside world has been progressively getting degraded to the point now that they are totally offline,” said Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at New Hampshire-based Dyn Research.

Dec 22, 2014

N.Korea has Internet outage; hacking may be to blame -U.S. expert

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – North Korea experienced
Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors
Internet infrastructure said, adding that the reason for the
problems was not known.

“For the past 24 hours North Korea’s connectivity to the
outside world has been progressively getting degraded to the
point now that they are totally offline,” said Doug Madory,
director of Internet analysis at New Hampshire-based Dyn
Research.

Dec 19, 2014

U.S. reaches out to China, others, for help on Sony hack

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The United States has sought
help from China, Japan, South Korea and Russia in combating
cyber attacks such as the one Washington on Friday accused North
Korea of carrying out against Sony Pictures, U.S. officials
said.

The outreach, which included meetings among U.S. and Chinese
officials in both nations’ capitals, is a tacit acknowledgement
that if anyone has influence over Pyongyang it is China, given
its long border, historical ties and quiet trade with the North.

    • About David

      "David Brunnstrom is Reuters U.S. Asia Policy Correspondent, based in Washington DC. Before moving to Washington in 2012, he reported from all over Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia as EU and NATO correspondent based in Brussels. Before that, he spent nearly 20 years in Asia for Reuters, with postings in Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Hanoi, Islamabad and Kabul."
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