Security in the Sinai

Both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out against yesterday’s attacks in Israel. The perpetrators allegedly entered Israel from Gaza through Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Clinton commented, “The United States condemns today's attacks in southern Israel and all acts of terrorism in the strongest terms,” and said America stands with Israel in the fight against terrorism. She added that the “violence only underscores our strong concerns about the security situation in the Sinai Peninsula,” calling on Egypt to continue to try to get a handle on security in the Sinai.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said yesterday that the United States offered North Korea $900,000 worth of flood assistance. Washington and diplomats from Pyongyang are working out the details at the UN. Nuland said that it is key, before moving forward, to make sure “the assistance that we render meets the concrete needs of the North Korean people and will be used properly.”

In China while the financial markets continued to fluctuate, Vice President Joe Biden told Chinese leaders that they “have nothing to worry about.” He commented that the U.S. Treasury security situation is an issue for Washington “not merely because China owns 8 percent of them, but because the Americans own 85 percent of them.” For his part, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said he was “fully confident” that the U.S. economy would bounce back.