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Apr 24, 2014

Former U.S. test site sues nuclear nations including India for disarmament failure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed countries including India on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament.

The Pacific country accused all nine nuclear-armed states of “flagrant violation of international law” for failing to pursue the negotiations required by the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Apr 24, 2014

Former U.S. test site sues nuclear nations for disarmament failure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed countries on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament.

The Pacific country accused all nine nuclear-armed states of “flagrant violation of international law” for failing to pursue the negotiations required by the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Apr 22, 2014

U.S. urges North Korea to refrain from new nuclear test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it was closely monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula after reports that North Korea may be planning another nuclear test and urged Pyongyang not to take any step that would threaten regional peace.

“We have certainly seen the press reports … regarding possible increased activity in North Korea’s nuclear test site,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “We are closely monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula.”

Apr 22, 2014

Kachin rebels renew plea for U.S. role to ensure fair Myanmar peace

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The last ethnic insurgent group still fighting Myanmar’s government has issued a new plea for the United States to become involved in peace efforts in order to guarantee future minority rights.

General Gun Maw, deputy commander in chief of the Kachin Independence Army and a member of the insurgents’ main political committee, said he made the request to U.S. officials during a visit to the United States that began last week.

Apr 22, 2014

U.S. says has indications toxic chemical used in Syria in April

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

“We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical” in the town of Kfar Zeita, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, referring to a rebel-held area.

Apr 21, 2014

U.S. says has indications toxic chemical used in Syria this month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

“We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical” in the town of Kfar Zeita, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, referring to a rebel-held area.

Apr 17, 2014

Obama, Abe to battle negative images at U.S.-Japan summit

TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a summit next week, they will be battling negative undercurrents that could undermine their message that Asia’s most important security alliance is firm.

Obama, stopping in Tokyo at the start of a four-nation Asian trip, must counter worries in Japan that his commitment to its defense in the face of an increasingly assertive China is weak.

Apr 16, 2014

U.S. calls for more investment-friendly Indian government

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – The United States on
Wednesday urged the Indian government that emerges from ongoing
elections to follow economic policies that encourage investment,
saying Washington would like to see bilateral trade grow to $500
billion a year.

Nisha Biswal, U.S. assistant secretary of state for South
and Central Asia, said future economic growth in South Asia
hinged on India as the region’s growth engine.

Apr 15, 2014

U.S., China in ‘productive’ talks after North Korea test threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China have held “productive” talks on North Korea, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, part of stepped up international diplomacy after Pyongyang warned of plans to conduct a new type of nuclear test.

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies met with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei in New York on Monday and Tuesday. Wu would continue discussions with Davies and other U.S. officials in Washington on Friday, a State Department statement said.

Apr 12, 2014

Beijing rejects IMF’s hard-landing warning for China’s economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior Chinese official hit back on Saturday at International Monetary Fund warnings that China’s economy faced the danger of a hard landing due to poor asset quality, saying the government was taking action to deal with financial risk.

Chinese Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said China worked closely with the IMF but did not agree with all of its analysis.

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      "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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