The United States is open to North Korea's proposal for high-level talks, but wants "credible negotiations" toward denuclearization, the chief of staff for U.S. President Barack Obama said to CBS' Face the Nation on June 16, AP reported.
The Philippines and Taiwan agreed not to use force in fishing disputes during a preliminary meeting on fishery cooperation in Manila on June 14, according to a June 16 statement from Taiwan's foreign ministry, AFP reported.
The Thai government has reached an agreement in principle with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional southern rebel group to a reduction in violence during Ramadan, which starts July 9, Vietnam Plus reported June 14.
Thailand is considering granting limited powers to its Muslim-majority south as officials prepare to meet insurgent groups in Kuala Lumpur for talks on June 13, the South China Morning Post reported June 12.
Plans for South Korea and North Korea to hold talks in Seoul on June 12 have been canceled due to the parties' failure to agree on the composition of the delegations, The Korea Herald reported June 11.