Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Underscores U.S. Support for Republic of Korea

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May 24, 2010
Secretary Clinton Speaks About Korea During a Press Conference in Beijing

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During a briefing for the traveling press corps in Beijing, China, Secretary Clinton spoke about the situation on the Korean Peninsula. The Secretary said:

"I want to commend President Lee for his strong and dignified speech today. It was a testament to his leadership, and to the character and resolve of the South Korean people.

"We have consulted closely with the Republic of Korea, and we will continue to do so as we move forward. I will be traveling to Seoul on Wednesday for further discussions. I have also had in-depth conversations with the Japanese leadership, and I am in the midst of intensive consultations with the Chinese Government on this issue. My colleagues in the United States Government, including Secretary Gates and others, are also actively engaging countries in the region.

"The United States fully supports President Lee's responsible handling of the Cheonan incident, and the objective investigation that followed, which we and other international observers joined. The measures that President Lee announced in his speech are both prudent and entirely appropriate. The Republic of Korea can continue to count on the full support of the United States, as President Obama made clear when he spoke to President Lee last week.

"First, we endorse President Lee's call on North Korea to come forward with the facts regarding this act of aggression and, above all, stop its belligerence and threatening behavior.

"Second, our support for South Korea's defense is unequivocal, and President Obama has directed his military commanders to coordinate closely with their Korean counterparts to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression. As part of our ongoing dialogue, we will explore further enhancements to our joint posture on the Peninsula.

"Third, we support President Lee's call to bring this issue to the United Nations Security Council. I will be working with Ambassador Rice and our Korean counterparts, as well as Japan, China, and other UN Security Council member states to reach agreement on a way forward in the Council.

"Fourth, President Obama has directed U.S. Government agencies to review their existing authorities and policies related to North Korea, to ensure that we have adequate measures in place, and to identify areas where adjustments would be appropriate.

"As I have said, the path that will lead North Korea to security and prosperity is to stop its provocative behavior, halt its policy of threats and belligerence toward its neighbors, and take irreversible steps to fulfill its denuclearization commitments, and comply with international law."

Read the full transcript here.



todd m.
Mississippi, USA
May 25, 2010

Todd M. in Mississippi writes:

I want to be Hillary when I grow up ! Much love, much love !

May 25, 2010

Erotik writes:

really nice sharing thanks

Tennessee, USA
May 25, 2010

Joe in Tennessee writes:

There is not any way to ignore the sleeping Tiger...China has been given so much manufacturing and has developed an excess of funds which have been utilized in development. They now lead the world in many technologies…and they have done it in unison with other countries engineers and workers. English, German, American, Russian, and even Latin builders have been in China for some time providing the best in knowledge for the vast construction efforts in all venues. From the largest Ship building to damn and bridge and growth has provided China with what once belonged to other major powers: Knowledge via technology.

It would be an improvement if China would regulate their banking and Free Trade constructs better with other nations and work on civil rights for all. Without proper and fair economic agreements, sooner or later there will be a separation of relationships with China.

New Mexico, USA
May 25, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

The S. Korean President asked a good question. I submit this as a possible answer; "But, what is the situation in North Korea? Nothing has changed over the last sixty years. It is a country still holding onto an empty ambition of forcefully reuniting the Korean Peninsula under the banner of communism. It is a country that still believes in making threats and committing terrorist activities. North Korea's goal is to instigate division and conflict. For what reason and for whom is it doing what it does?"

Full text (English)of President Lee Myung-bak's speech;

I tend to take note of patterns of behavior, and one is that whenever the international community focuses on Iran, North Korea tries to take center stage to distract, and Iran does the same when the focus is on 'lil Kim. Like a tag team, coordinated in effort.Just as they have worked to undermine the NPT and worked together on nuclear weapons and missile development.

If this makes sense to anyone @ State, please pass it on to the honorable gentleman with my best regards and please tell him it is indeed a shame 'lil Kim leads half his fellow Koreans over oblivion's cliff while the other half watches and wonders when the sane will put a stop to it. I respect the man for having given North Korea the only possible way to "save face" that there is.That NK can now claim it was a rogue element of its military that sunk the ship, and apologize and prosecute the perpetrators. That's the only way the full weight of the international community's response can be avoided. But I really don't think 'lil Kim cares what happens next. I don't think this is the time for nations to be sitting on a fence over it either. China would do well to show solidarity with the S. Korean people and government in support of their right to live in peace.

New Mexico, USA
May 25, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

"The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea... formally declares that from now on it will put into force the resolute measures to totally freeze the inter-Korean relations, totally abrogate the agreement on non-aggression between the North and the South and completely halt the inter-Korean cooperation," KCNA reported...a newsreader on North Korean state television (KRT) said: "South Korean puppet army gangs have been recently trespassing our territorial waters without restraint. "They have conducted provocative acts which severely irritate us, by making dozens of warships intrude upon our waters from 14 to 24 May." The newsreader said that if this "deliberate provocation" continued, the North would "put into force practical military measures to defend its waters".
-BBC NEWS ITEM (excerpts)

'lil Kim didn't get what he wanted from the Chinese when he payed them a visit, left in a huff apparently...and gone into deep bunker mentality mode.

This time Chicken Little might be right.


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