Obama to Visit Mexico and Costa Rica in May
The White House announced that President Barack Obama will be paying a visit to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto to re-establish the continuation of the relationship between the United States and Mexico. Nieto was sworn into office as the new Mexican President in 2012 and has already visited Obama in November. There will a continued focus on economic ties, social improvement and ‘broad array of bilateral, regional and global issues’ that connect the two countries. Experts suggest that further integration or improvements of the NAFTA could take place as well as other border line disputes and problems yet to be resolved.
Furthermore, President Obama will also be visiting Costa Rica. This visit is significant since Obama will be the first US President to visit Costa Rica since Bill Clinton was the incumbent president. This is also a move for the US to restore economic ties with Central America since the death of Hugo Chavez, who had a strong ideal towards Latin America unity and stance against US hegemonic presence in the area.
U.S. and South Korea makes plans for Defence
When North Korea declared that they will no longer honour the ceasefire agreement in response to the sanctions imposed on North Korea and agreed by China, they are threatening to wage an all out war against all their ‘enemies’ for the sanctions. According to reports, declarations and propaganda by the North Korean government, they are making preparations to fire long range missiles and shell both South Korea and the United States. North Korean officials declare that their weaponry are capable in creating damage to U.S. islands Guam and Hawaii. The South Korean military and United States forces signed an agreement to join forces to discuss plans to defend both countries
With the increasing provocations and threats by the North Korean administration, it is a continuous threat for not just the countries in Asia but possibly Europe and the rest of North America. Canada and the U.S. already has defensive coordination and cooperation since NATO and the Cold War era. The increasing threats will bring an increase in awareness of national security among countries across the Pacific Rim. Negotiations with North Korea seems to make little progress in getting them to back off plans to wage war for the sake of the Kim dynasty pride.