Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on a brief visit to South Korea, agreed with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak that 'strategic patience' should guide relations in wake of North Korean sinking of a South Korean Navy ship in March.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton goes to South Korea Wednesday. But Friday's visit to Seoul by China's premier may do more to determine whether tensions keep rising between North Korea and South Korea.
Angered by charges that it torpedoed the Cheonan Navy ship, North Korea appears ready to shut down the Kaesong Economic Complex, the last point of contact between the two Koreas. Kaesong hosts some 100 South Korean factories and more than 40,000 North Korean workers.
The Pentagon announced Monday that it will conduct two joint naval exercises with South Korea in response to confirmation that North Korea was responsible for the warship Cheonan sinking.
Handsome Dan, Yale University's bulldog mascot, stands near future graduates during commencement at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., on Monday.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a dual task – keep China on board for tougher sanctions against Iran and coax it into going along with an international condemnation of North Korea over the Cheonan warship incident.
European stock markets fell again and the American stock market opened lower over European worries on Monday.
South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak may specifically blame North Korea's President Kim Jong-il for the Cheonan warship sinking on March 26. On Monday, President Lee plans to give a speech outlining his nation's response to the North Korea torpedo attack.
North Korea faces new pressures in the torpedo attack on a South Korean ship that killed 46 sailors. Secretary of State Clinton is in China, where she will discuss reinforced sanctions on North Korea.
The United Nations' response to the ship sinking by North Korea needs to be forceful enough to also remind South Koreans that the world wants them to remain vigilant, not indifferent.