Monday, January 16, 2012

Clinton says US will reward more Myanmar reforms (AP)

WASHINGTON ? Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S will embrace Myanmar further if the once-estranged Asian government releases all remaining political prisoners, ends violence against minorities and cuts military ties with North Korea.

Clinton spoke by telephone Saturday with the foreign minister of the country also known as Burma, as well as with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

She told them Washington is "prepared to meet action with action," a day after the U.S. and Myanmar agreed to exchange ambassadors and restore full diplomatic relations.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Clinton also commended the Myanmar government's release of hundreds of political prisoners and its cease-fire with the Karen minority.

But Nuland said Clinton stressed further steps.

But Nuland said Suu Kyi voiced support for U.S. diplomatic efforts.


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