Asian nations have 'responsibility' to lower tensions: US
NEW YORK (AFP) - United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted on Friday that Asian nations have "a responsibility" to lower tensions amid a heated war of words between regional powers over disputed island chains.
As the row was plastered in ads across US newspapers, Mrs Clinton opened three-way talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung Hwan and Japan's Koichiro Gemba to discuss regional tensions.
"Our three nations share a strong interest in the peaceful, verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. We will discuss today what further steps we can take toward that goal," the top US diplomat said.
"We will also discuss how every nation in the region has a responsibility to work to resolve disputes peacefully, lower tensions, promote regional security and stability."