The nominee to be the top US diplomat to Asia vowed Thursday to work for a "verifiable denuclearization" of North Korea and to help cool tempers over maritime disputes in the South China Sea.
South Korean soldiers stand on the road leading to North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex, at a military checkpoint in the border city of Paju on April 27, 2013. President Barack Obama's nominee for top US diplomat to Asia Danny Russel vowed Thursday to work for a denuclearized North Korea, among other goals.
President Barack Obama's "objective in the region is to create and ensure a stable security environment," Danny Russel told senators, adding that "economic openness" was also a main goal.
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