US: Myanmar on the way to reduce military links with N.Korea

The United States says  Myanmar has taken "positive steps" to reduce its military relationship with North Korea.

The statement comes ahead of a historic visit by President Barack Obama to Yangon tomorrow.

Myanmar had been  suspected of pursuing military and nuclear cooperation with Pyongyang during long years of junta rule which ended last year. 

Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor said Washington had held a dialogue with the Myanmar government about the need to reduce its relationship with North Korea.
And it had seen some  positive steps in that direction. 

Mr Rhodes said the US would like to see an end to Myanmar's military relationship with Pyongyang. 

Mr Rhodes noted that Washington had also begun the early stages of a military-to-military engagement with Myanmar, and hinted that over time, the
country could expect to join annual US military exercises with Thailand. 

Reports of military cooperation between Myanmar and North Korea have been a cause for concern for Washington and its Asian allies in the past. 

After his visit to Myanmar, President Obama will be in Cambodia to attend an East Asia summit that will follow the Asean summit.