U.S. Secretary of State Clinton calls for increased pressure on Syria

by Colonel on November 15, 2012

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for increased pressure on Syria and said it’s “crucial” that the international community is united to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Speaking today in Perth, Australia, Clinton reiterated U.S. support for a maritime code of conduct to ease tensions in the East China Sea. She and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta are meeting with Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Defense Minister Stephen Smith to discuss security cooperation, and what Clinton called “comparing notes” on China’s leadership transition.

President Barack Obama is backing the effort to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while realigning American security strategy to focus on Asia-Pacific as China’s military power grows. The U.S. is also seeking to pressure Iran through economic sanctions as Israel threatens to attack the Persian nation’s nuclear facilities.

” — Jason Scott and Gopal Ratnam, Copyright 2012 Bloomberg LP

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