Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

India committed to peaceful and prosperous Indo Pacific region: PM Narendra Modi

India committed to peaceful and prosperous Indo Pacific region: PM Narendra Modi

The Center for Strategic and International Studies states, "North Korea's decommissioning of the Sohae satellite launch facility, while gaining much media attention, obscures the military threat to US forces and South Korea from this and other undeclared ballistic missile bases".

South Korea's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that he expects the USA and North Korea to soon reschedule last week's canceled high-level talks.

The Indo-Pacific region also came up during the discussion on Wednesday between Prime Minister Modi and US Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump has said he hopes to have a second meeting with Kim early next year, but talks between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top North Korean official planned for last week, partly to prepare for the meeting, were cancelled. -North Korean summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely after the beginning of the year.

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"We don't want to repeat the mistakes of prior administrations - frankly both political parties have made over the last several decades - where promises are made, sanctions are lifted and economic support comes and then promises are broken".

The meeting, their fourth since Moon took office previous year, came days after high-level denuclearization negotiations between the United States and the North were abruptly called off last week. -North Korea summit, as Washington maintains the "maximum pressure" campaign by keeping the sanctions against Pyongyang in place.

The North has rejected demands for what it calls "unilateral" disarmament, and has instead sought unspecified reciprocal USA measures in a gradual process.

Associated Press reports that Pence told a summit of Southeast Asian leaders Thursday in Singapore that Washington sought "an Indo-Pacific in which all nations, large and small, can prosper and thrive - secure in our sovereignty, confident in our values, and growing stronger together".

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"He urged ASEAN countries to collaborate on concrete measures such as ship-to-ship transfer of prohibited materials, including fuel", said foreign ministry spokesman Takeshi Osuga.

Pence and Moon were meeting on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit hosted by Singapore.

China's claims in the South China Sea, through which some $3 trillion of shipborne trade passes each year, are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

In a statement, Pence's office said he encouraged "free, fair, and reciprocal trade with India".

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Nov 14) reaffirmed the broad-based and long-standing friendship between the two countries as they mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

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