TOKYO (AP) - There are thumbs up today from Asian allies about President Barack Obama's new nuclear policy but China is silent over Obama's call for Beijing to better explain its nuclear intentions.
The policy is aimed at reducing the likelihood of nuclear conflict. Obama vowed yesterday to reduce America's nuclear arsenal and not use nukes against countries that do not have them. North Korea and Iran are exceptions.
Concern by some U.S. allies which benefit from being under the U.S. nuclear defense umbrella appeared to dissipate to some extent.
Japan's prime minister calls it a first step toward making the world nuclear free.
The South Korean foreign and defense ministries say the new U.S. stance will strengthen Washington's commitment to its allies and pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons development.