U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says military cooperation
between North Korea and Burma would be very destabilizing for the
region, and would pose a direct threat to Burma's neighbors.
She says Washington is taking regional concerns about this connection "very seriously."
addressed the concerns on Tuesday in Bangkok after meeting Prime
Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. She will join a regional security
conference in Phuket on Wednesday.
North Korea's possible
cooperation with Burma made headlines in June, when the U.S. Navy began
tracking a North Korean ship believed to be traveling to Burma with
The ship returned to North Korea without ever docking in Burma.
says the United States is open to a productive partnership with Burma
if the military government ends the mistreatment of jailed democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political and minority groups.
Clinton traveled to Thailand from India, where she met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
the visit, the countries signed two agreements that could pave the way
for major Indian purchases of U.S. military equipment and civilian
In one agreement, India approved two sites
where U.S. companies will have exclusive rights to build nuclear power
plants. The projects are estimated to be worth $10 billion.
other agreement is intended to ensure that highly sophisticated U.S.
military technology provided to India is not sold or otherwise
transferred to other countries.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.