Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit South Korea later this week at a time of significant political change that could complicate the alliance between Washington and Seoul. VOA’s Brian Padden has more from Seoul.
President Donald Trump’s revised executive order banning entry to the U.S. from six Muslim majority countries is due to take effect on March 16. Among the six countries is Iran. Even the threat of the revised order is causing major disruptions, not only there, but in Los Angeles, home to the largest group of Iranians living outside of Iran. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee reports from the neighborhood called Persian Square.
After six years of budget cuts, the U.S. Navy is expected to see a funding increase when President Donald Trump’s administration unveils its 2018 budget later this week. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb visited an aircraft carrier conducting strikes against Islamic State and reports on why the world’s best-funded Navy argues it needs more money to prepare for future threats.