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Doubting RI’s diplomatic ambition on North Korea

  • Kornelius Purba

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 1 2012   /  09:25 am

In a meeting with journalists at his office last week, US Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel focused his discussion on several international and regional issues such as the problems of Syria, rising tensions in the South China Sea, the encouraging political developments in Myanmar and the nuclear threat from North Korea.

The American diplomat was apparently aware of the scheduled visit by president of North Korea’s Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong-nam to Jakarta next month. However, he took a cautious stance when asked his opinion about the timing and meaning of the visit amid growing international concern over the nuclear threat, especially after North Korea’s failed rocket launch.

Emphasizing that it was up to Indonesia to decide how to conduct its foreign relations, Marciel nonetheless voiced a strong hope that Indonesia would make it clear to ...