N.Korea, counter-terrorism take ASEAN centre stage

Thursday July 23, 2009

By Kittipong Soonprasert and Jack Kim

PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) – Reining in North Korea‘s nuclear programme, counter-terrorism cooperation and maritime security will take centre stage at Asia’s biggest annual security gathering on Thursday.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses with foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during the signing of a Treaty of Amity and Cooperation between the U.S. and the Asian bloc in Phuket July 22, 2009. (REUTERS/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/Pool)

Myanmar could also be in the spotlight after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said Washington was concerned about the possible transfer of nuclear technology from North Korea to the military junta. Continue reading