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2006-07-28 00:52:55

By Jack Kim KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Asia's main security forum attended by 25 top policymakers from around the world homed in on Friday on the Middle East war and the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, attending the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) for the first time, will hold talks on the Lebanon crisis and Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, although North Korea itself will not take part in the talks. The unexpected arrival of Iran's foreign...

2006-07-27 21:11:57

By Sonya Hepinstall KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Asian countries and their security partners will focus on the eruption of fighting in the Middle East and North Korea's nuclear weapons negotiations when they meet on Friday for annual talks on regional security. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's presence at the meeting, straight from discussion on how to end the fighting in Lebanon, placed the conflict squarely on the agenda of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)...

2006-07-27 09:04:08

By Sue Pleming KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The United States will bring together eight nations to discuss North Asia security after North Korea rejected an invitation to talk about its nuclear and missile programs, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. The United States had asked North Korea via its diplomatic channel in New York to attend an informal session of six-party talks at the same time as the ASEAN meetings in Malaysia. North Korea had an answer ready when its delegation...

2006-07-27 07:13:41

By Jalil Hamid KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday she was willing to return to the Middle East if it meant she could help bring about lasting peace in Lebanon, including the disarming of militias. Her comments, as she arrived in Malaysia for a regional security conference, underlined Washington's intention not to put pressure on Israel to stop fighting until Hizbollah guerrillas backed by Iran and Syria had been brought under control....

2006-07-27 08:11:01

By Jalil Hamid KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday she was willing to return to the Middle East if it meant she could help bring about lasting peace in Lebanon, including the disarming of militias. Her comments, as she arrived in Malaysia for a regional security conference, underlined Washington's intention not to put pressure on Israel to stop fighting until Hizbollah guerrillas backed by Iran and Syria had been brought under control....

2006-07-27 00:08:03

By Jonathan Lynn KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Middle East diplomacy moved to Asia on Thursday as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew to Malaysia for a regional security meeting straight from talks in Rome to end the fighting in Lebanon. But she was not likely to find a sympathetic ear among the Asian powers gathered here. Ahead of Rice's arrival, foreign ministers of the so-called ASEAN plus three on Wednesday issued a statement calling for an immediate ceasefire and...

2006-07-26 21:03:26

By Jonathan Lynn KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Efforts to end fighting in Lebanon move to Asia on Thursday as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flies to Malaysia for a regional security meeting. Rice, arriving from Wednesday's one-day conference in Rome where world powers called for an urgent ceasefire in Lebanon but offered no plan to end the fighting between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas, will also have talks on North Korea's nuclear plans. Israeli warplanes and artillery...

2006-07-26 17:22:39

By Sue Pleming DOHA, Qatar (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she did not anticipate six-party talks over North Korea's nuclear arms activities on the sidelines of the ASEAN conference. "I have said any time people want to talk in the six-party framework I am ready to do it but I don't have any indication that the North Koreans intend to," Rice told reporters on her way to Malaysia for meetings with Asian ministers. "I don't anticipate any six...

2006-07-26 09:23:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is encouraged by China's "affirmative steps" in freezing some North-Korea related assets, White House spokesman Tony Snow said on Wednesday. A U.S. official told Reuters the action was taken by the state-owned Bank of China and pre-dated North Korea's July 4 missile tests. "We're encouraged by the fact that the Chinese government has taken affirmative steps," Snow told reporters. The United States has tried to nudge China -- Pyongyang's...

2006-07-25 22:30:27

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - China believes there is no point in reconvening multi-lateral talks over North Korea's nuclear-weapons ambitions unless the reclusive state takes part, a senior Chinese foreign ministry official said. China and others hope to renew the long-stalled talks with North Korea this week on the sidelines of a global security forum in Malaysia, where all six parties engaged on the issue will be represented, including U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The...