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Briefing Skipper: Honduras, Hoh, Iran, General Xu

In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of today’s briefing by Department Spokesman Ian Kelly: The administration is reversing its policy of freezing out the de facto regime in Honduras. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with both current leader Roberto ...

In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of today’s briefing by Department Spokesman Ian Kelly:

  • The administration is reversing its policy of freezing out the de facto regime in Honduras. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with both current leader Roberto Micheletti and ousted President Manuel Zelaya and a full administration team will travel to Tegucigalpa next week.
  • The State Department respects the right of employee and former Marine Corps Captain Mathew Hoh to resign in protest of the war in Afghanistan. Hoh was a political officer on a Provincial Reconstruction Team who signed on for a limited deployment in March. "I would draw a distinction between his situation and somebody who had been in the Foreign Service and had a stake in the Foreign Service for 20 years or more," Kelly said.
  • The U.S. is still waiting for an official response from Iran on the agreement to transfer low enriched uranium to a third country, despite reports that Iran has agreed in principle to the deal but wants some changes, including shipping out the material in stages. No schedule on when the next P5+1 meeting will be.
  • There has been "no formal bilateral meeting" between the U.S. and North Korea despite that representatives from both sides have "had plenty of opportunities to talk on the margins of it," Kelly said. No readout of the non-meeting meetings.
  • Chinese General Xu Caihou met with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg today. No word on whether he showed them his new video.

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