• Kyodo


U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Japan and four other Asian countries from July 24 through 29, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

Her other destinations will be China, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam, according to a statement Friday.

Rice’s Asia swing follows North Korea’s test-firing of seven missiles July 5. She will hold talks with senior officials “on bilateral, regional and global issues of concern, including North Korea, Iraq and Iran,” the statement said.

In Kuala Lumpur, Rice will attend ASEAN-related meetings. She will “work to strengthen cooperation on nonproliferation of WMD, counterterrorism and maritime security, and to further the international response to North Korea’s missile launches and pursuit of nuclear weapons, Iran’s nuclear programs, and the lack of progress toward real democracy and national reconciliation in Burma (Myanmar),” the statement said.

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