November 30, 2011- United States Secretary of State Clinton historic visit to Myanmar, a small isolated nation in Southeast Asia, is to sound out the new civilian government in the country. It is the first civilian government to rule the small nation in decades. The new government has promised reform with the severing of nuclear and military ties with North Korea being one of those promises.
The Secretary of State arrived in Naypydaw, the capital on Wednesday. This visit is the first by a Secretary of State of the U.S. in over 50 years to the country that has also been called Burma in the past. Clinton will meet with senior government officials Thursday. She will then travel to Yangon to meet with longtime opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi who is also a Nobel Peace laureate. Suu Kyi has returned to the political arena after years of harassment and detention.
The Barack Obama administration is hoping the visit will provide dividends; such as promote human rights; help limit the cooperation that is suspected with North Korea on nuclear activity and ballistic missiles; and loosen the influence China has in the region.
Clinton is looking for assurances from the leaders of Myanmar that they will agree to sign with the U.N nuclear watchdog permitting open access to places that are suspected to be nuclear sites. Many countries, including the U.S., believe Myanmar has received technology and advice about ballistic missiles and nuclear power from North Korea.