Exposed US vows 'aggressive' steps

Exposed US vows 'aggressive' steps

Wiki release: Hillary talks tough

Hillary said there was nothing laudable in the act that had put the lives of people in danger and sabotaged peaceful relations, as she promised “aggressive steps” to go after those responsible.

“The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information. It puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems,” she said in her first statement after the release of a quarter million documents by WikiLeaks.

“Let’s be clear. This disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community, the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity,” she said on Monday night.

Hillary, however, said she was confident that the partnerships that the Obama administration has worked so hard to build will withstand this challenge.

“The president and I have made these partnerships a priority, and we are proud of the progress that they have helped achieve, and they will remain at the centre of our efforts.”

She refused to make a direct comment on or confirm what are alleged to be stolen State Department cables but said the US “deeply regrets” the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential, including private discussions between counterparts or American diplomats’ personal assessments and observations.

The US is taking aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information. “I have directed that specific actions be taken at the State Department in addition to new security safeguards at the Department of Defence to protect State Department information so that this kind of breach does not happen again,” she said.


 China’s plans for N Korea

Beijing, AP: Leaked US diplomatic cables show China’s frustration with communist ally North Korea and speculate Beijing would accept a future Korean peninsula unified under South Korean rule, according to WikiLeaks documents.
The memos indicate the importance American and South Korean diplomats place on China’s attitude towards the future survival of the isolated and impoverished hard-line communist regime in Pyongyang.
The release of the documents follows new tensions in the region with North Korea unleashing a fiery artillery barrage on a South Korean island that killed four people a week ago.
China “would be comfortable with a reunified Korea controlled by Seoul and anchored to the US in a ‘benign alliance’ as long as Korea was not hostile towards China,’’ South Korea’s then-vice foreign minister, Chun Yung-woo, is quoted as telling US ambassador to South Korea, Kathleen Stephens, in February.

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