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Kerry assures Congress that Tokyo, Seoul won’t go nuclear over North

Kyodo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the United States has made efforts to ensure that North Korea’s nuclear threat does not motivate Japan and South Korea to arm themselves with atomic weapons.

“We are working with Japan and (South Korea) in order to make sure they don’t feel so threatened that they move toward nuclearization in self-help,” Kerry told a congressional session on the State Department’s fiscal 2015 budget outline.

He was briefing members of a subcommittee under the Senate Appropriations Committee on Washington’s diplomatic efforts involving Japan, South Korea and China aimed at dealing with North Korea’s nuclear threat.

“We’re bolstering our bedrock alliances with South Korea and Japan” and developing deeper partnerships with countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, he said.

Kerry also said he and his Beijing counterparts have held very serious discussions about what the Chinese can do “in order to have a greater impact on the denuclearization process” for North Korea.

Nonproliferation talks

KYODO

Japan will host a foreign ministerial meeting April 11 and 12 in Hiroshima to promote nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, are among those who will participate in the meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative.

“Just before a planned visit to Japan by President (Barack) Obama, I think it is beneficial that the United States will take part in the NPDI meeting to be held in atomic-bombed Hiroshima,” Kishida told reporters, referring to Obama’s trip to Japan in late April.

“I hope the meeting will contribute to international debate to achieve a world without nuclear weapons,” he said.

  • simonzee1

    “WAR IS NOT POLICY” Helmut Kole

    Look at Bosnia and the corruption and frustration with the E.U. Look at the recent reports by the U.N on Libyan weapons turning up all over the middle-east. Reflect on the E.U stage managed coup with groups organised to protect buildings.

    It just looked wierd…a clear indication of E.U and American stage management. It had that NGO touch about it.  The trouble is that this organisation by the West is just an embarrasing display of stage managed hope for the future after a coup without due political process; but a certain future of a bitter civil war not from Crimea but West vs East Ukraine. 

    Germany can’t just keep hiding from international issues and keep with their past behaviour of Johnny-come-lately support as in the case of Libyan mission creep. I also warned recently why Putin would not back down and instead people were looking at his body language. What??? What are they looking for a twitch like on the right hand side of Obama’s face that was obvious before the last election.

    What the world and readers should be doing is considering the following by an author from Chicago University. Another good article in the NYT came from a Chicago University just today:

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/opinion/getting-ukraine-wrong.html?_r=0&referrer=

    The following ideas were put forward;

    He argues that, “a global monopoly on the legitimate use of organized violence — a world state — is inevitable. At the micro-levelworld state formation is driven by the struggle of individuals and groups for recognition of their subjectivity. At the macro-level this struggle is channeled toward a world state by the logic of anarchy, which generates a tendency for military technology and war to become increasingly destructive. The process moves through five stages, each responding to the instabilities of the one before — a system of states, a society of states, world society, collective security, and the world state. Why a World State is Inevitable ” (ALEXANDER WENDT University of Chicago.)

    This certainly sounds like the E.U with the big problem being “organised.” Protestantism and protestant nations are conducive to being organised and Catholic countries which were active in social welfare now on an austerity drive; but the East is a different ballgame as are tribal countries like Libya and others.

    So much naivety. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/world/europe/on-ukraine-merkel-finds-limits-of-her-rapport-with-putin.html?hpw&rref=world&_r=0&referrer=

    Interesting parts in the article….”He cannot turn back,” Mr. Rahr said of Mr. Putin and “she is not helping him out of the situation.”….”In a strong indication of how worried even conservatives are about losing good contact with Russia, former Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Wednesday gave a statement to Bild, the country’s biggest-circulation newspaper, saying that “great omissions” had been made in policy toward Ukraine. “The mood of revolt in Ukraine was not intelligently followed. Equally there was a lack of sensitivity in the dealings with our Russian neighbor, especially President Putin,” he said.“We cannot forget: War is not policy,”