Clinton in Vietnam to participate in Asian security conference.
Hanoi, July 22 – The U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, joined the meeting today that the group of Southeast Asian nations held in Hanoi, where he will match his North Korean counterpart, Pak Ui Chum, announcing new sanctions on Pyongyang .
Clinton traveled to the capital of Vietnam from South Korea on Friday to participate in security conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, gaia gold, (ASEAN), attended by foreign ministers from 25 other countries and the European Union.
During his stay in Hanoi, where he also will attend a rally marking the 15th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations with Vietnam, Secretary of State will keep several bilateral meetings, including one with Chinese Minister, Yang Jiechi.
It is anticipated that the sanctions, sto credits, on North Korea announced on Wednesday in Seoul by Clinton and the tense situation caused since last March in the Korean peninsula for the attack on a warship South Korean talks focus within the regional forum ASEAN security.
The ministers of ASEAN and China refused to explicitly condemn the attack on South Korean ship Cheonan, which is attributed, aika gold, to a North Korean submarine, in the joint communique issued yesterday at the end of their meeting with their counterparts in South Korea and Japan.
After two lengthy meetings, the ministers noted in the text and despite the opposition of Japan and South Korea, who asked to include an explicit condemnation-that "we deplore the incident on the sinking of Cheonan and increased tension on the peninsula Korea. "
This was the first meeting of the ASEAN with South Korea, China, and Japan since early July, the Security Council United Nations issued a statement in which, without mentioning North Korea, condemned the attack that killed 46 South Korean sailors and sinking the boat.
The ASEAN ministers trust in Hanoi that the presence of foreign ministers of countries participating in the six-party talks provide informal contacts to help create conditions for resuming the dialogue.
ASEAN is made up of Brunei, Burma (Myanmar) Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the latter country that occupies the rotating presidency of the regional group. mfr / csm / cg