The festering dispute between China and Japan over five uninhabited islands could spin out of control unless the countries improve their communication with each other, according to a confidential report submitted to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week by a delegation of former U.S. officials.
South Korea proposed military talks with North Korea for Feb. 11 as Kim Jong Il ’s regime renewed calls for unconditional dialogue to ease tensions heightened since its November shelling of a South Korean island.
The U.S. has imposed sanctions on seven foreign companies for doing business with Iran’s energy industry in ways that might bolster the country’s “illicit” nuclear activities, the State Department announced today.
Rebel forces fighting Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi have less need for sophisticated weapons than they do for help with training and organization, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a Senate panel.
The defection of Muammar Qaddafi ’s foreign minister shows his regime is disintegrating, said U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron , while the Obama administration called the departure “a significant blow.”
President Barack Obama ’s 2012 budget proposes to increase spending on the State Department and its global programs by 1 percent, not including $8.7 billion for operations such as the transition in Iraq as U.S. troops pull out.