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By Norman Kempster and Don Shannon and Norman Kempster and Don Shannon,Los Angeles Times | October 1, 1990
UNITED NATIONS -- The Soviet Union obliterated two of the remaining remnants of the diplomatic divisions of the Cold War yesterday by establishing full diplomatic relations with South Korea and restoring consular ties with Israel.Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze hammered out the details of the agreements in back-to-back meetings with Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy and South Korean Foreign Minister Choi Ho Joong in the offices of the U.N. Security Council president.By upgrading its relations with two staunch American allies, the Soviet Union stole a march on the United States, which Saturday held its first high-level talks with the Soviet Union's ally, Vietnam, in more than 15 years but stopped far short of establishing diplomatic ties.
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April 1, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. errs in claiming that the American diplomats taken hostage by Iran were freed in 1979 ( "Drawing insults, not fear, from our foes," March 30). The diplomats were actually taken hostage in November of 1979 - not freed that year. They spent 444 days in captivity before finally being released on Jan. 20, 1981, the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president. Their release followed complex and lengthy negotiations between the Iranians and the administration of President Jimmy Carter.
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By Los Angeles Times | September 2, 1994
JERUSALEM -- Israel and Morocco established low-level diplomatic relations yesterday, making the North African kingdom the second Arab nation after Egypt to have formal ties with the Jewish state.After 20 years of contacts that began clandestinely and grew to open visits to Morocco by Israeli ministers, the two countries agreed to establish liaison offices, and Israeli officials predicted a rapid broadening of ties, including expanded trade, direct airline service and increased tourism."It's a first step, an opening of the door, and I imagine there will be a continuation," said Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, who as prime minister had visited Morocco's King Hassan II in 1986 and who negotiated the agreement over the past three months.
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January 13, 2014
I have been duped. When I heard of Dennis Rodman's initial visit to North Korea, I held onto a sliver of hope that it would possibly open a window of diplomatic negotiations with the nation ensconced in secrecy and carefully crafted propaganda ("Rodman, in trouble over interview, blames drink," Jan. 9). I couldn't have been more wrong. Mr. Rodman is simply a self-serving man who seeks media attention, not unlike that of the Kardashian clan. Mr. Rodman knows nothing about American missionary Kenneth Bae, and proved it in during a drunken rant at a recent press conference.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | July 13, 1995
HANOI, Vietnam -- The re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Vietnam stands as a watershed in American history. Yet the decision will have little immediate effect on the two countries or on people with business or personal links."
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Washington Bureau | February 7, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The United States, in a shift, is moving swiftly to establish formal ties with practically all the new states that were part of the Soviet Union, officials said yesterday.They said the only exception for now is Georgia, whose government is still unsettled after the ouster of its president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia. But even that is not ruled out."There's not any that's excluded," a senior official said. "We're talking to all the remaining republics to see how fast we can move."The new effort is driven by the administration's belief that it will be in a position to influence events in the new countries only if it has diplomats there.
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July 31, 1998
FIDEL CASTRO has headed off on a summit visit to three Caribbean nations, Jamaica, Grenada and Barbados. He will make speeches and have a few laughs at U.S. expense.The policy of isolating Communist Cuba is not working. Cuba's harmlessness since the Soviet Union collapsed has made Mr. Castro welcome in countries he once tried to subvert. Some nations see this as a cheap way to demonstrate independence of Washington. Guatemala and the Dominican Republic restored full diplomatic relations. Canada's prime minister and Colombia's president visited.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 22, 2005
ROME - The Roman Catholic Church and the Chinese government are actively exploring the re-establishment of diplomatic relations, with contacts between the sides warming to the point that the ailing Pope John Paul II quietly received a quasi-official Chinese delegation in the Vatican late last year. In a half-dozen meetings in Rome and Beijing, beginning in early 2004, both sides have indicated an increased willingness to yield on differences that have long divided China and the Vatican, which severed ties in 1951, people present at some of the discussions said.
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By New York Times News Service | February 12, 1995
WASHINGTON -- When the government of Vietnam opened its first diplomatic office here last week, the chief of liaison was met with angry shouts from protesters. In the days that followed, however, the downtown suite of offices has filled up with flowers from U.S. companies eager to do business with the former foe.As Vietnam and the United States move gingerly toward full diplomatic ties, the strains of the past and the hopes for the future overlap awkwardly.Le Van Bang, the chief of the new, six-person liaison office, describes his role as helping to tell America of how Vietnam has moved on since the Communists emerged victorious and unified the country nearly 20 years ago. As he shows a visitor around the largely empty downtown suite of offices, decorated with tapestries of pagodas and the orange-and-yellow Vietnamese flag, he stopped to read cards from some of the floral tributes.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 23, 1992
WASHINGTON -- President Bush warned yesterday that he will require Vietnam to make "a full accounting" of the fate of missing Americans before agreeing to establish full diplomatic relations with Hanoi.Mr. Bush was awaiting a briefing today on the release of 4,000 Vietnamese photographs of U.S. prisoners and casualties.The release of the photos was seen by some as part of an effort by the Vietnamese to significantly improve relations with the United States.The president hailed release of the photos as a "major breakthrough," but he said that further review will be needed to assess their significance.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 16, 2006
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration restored full diplomatic ties with Libya yesterday, rewarding a longtime foe for giving up terrorism and unconventional weapons, while tacitly encouraging Iran and other countries to follow suit. Completing a reversal that began three years ago, Bush administration officials said they will open an embassy in Tripoli and drop Libya from their list of nations that sponsor terrorism. C. David Welch, assistant secretary of state for the Middle East, said the announcement demonstrated that when countries "follow international norms, they will reap concrete benefits."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 22, 2005
ROME - The Roman Catholic Church and the Chinese government are actively exploring the re-establishment of diplomatic relations, with contacts between the sides warming to the point that the ailing Pope John Paul II quietly received a quasi-official Chinese delegation in the Vatican late last year. In a half-dozen meetings in Rome and Beijing, beginning in early 2004, both sides have indicated an increased willingness to yield on differences that have long divided China and the Vatican, which severed ties in 1951, people present at some of the discussions said.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 4, 2002
CAIRO, Egypt - Egypt, Israel's largest and most important peace partner, downgraded its relations with the Israelis yesterday in a pointed warning that the intensifying war against the Palestinian Authority of Yasser Arafat was ratcheting up Arab resentment to dangerous levels. The Egyptian government said it was suspending "all contacts" with the Israeli government, but that it would keep open a diplomatic channel to deal with the crisis in the West Bank. The decision fell short of formally breaking the ties established in 1979 by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and was intended as much to placate rising frustration among the Egyptian public as to signal its own anger over the widening Israeli military campaign.
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February 29, 2000
IT IS NOT TRUE that Cuba and the United States lack diplomatic relations. They maintain embassies in each other's capitals under the fiction of having an "Interests Section" within Switzerland's embassy. These embassies operate under diplomatic niceties worked out over centuries to allow countries to deal with such delicate matters. One of these niceties is diplomatic immunity. A diplomat accused of misbehavior is not charged, but instructed to leave. The accusation need not be proven.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | May 24, 1999
TOKYO -- When a military jet lifts off tomorrow from Yokota Air Base here, it will signal the final phase in a laborious effort by the United States to come to terms with a mysterious North Korean regime that remains isolated, hungry, armed and potentially dangerous.Aboard that plane will be former Defense Secretary William Perry, carrying a personal letter from President Clinton to North Korea's top leadership informing them Washington is ready to establish diplomatic ties with the reclusive Communist government if it can be assured that Pyongyang won't produce nuclear weapons or export missiles.
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July 31, 1998
FIDEL CASTRO has headed off on a summit visit to three Caribbean nations, Jamaica, Grenada and Barbados. He will make speeches and have a few laughs at U.S. expense.The policy of isolating Communist Cuba is not working. Cuba's harmlessness since the Soviet Union collapsed has made Mr. Castro welcome in countries he once tried to subvert. Some nations see this as a cheap way to demonstrate independence of Washington. Guatemala and the Dominican Republic restored full diplomatic relations. Canada's prime minister and Colombia's president visited.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. errs in claiming that the American diplomats taken hostage by Iran were freed in 1979 ( "Drawing insults, not fear, from our foes," March 30). The diplomats were actually taken hostage in November of 1979 - not freed that year. They spent 444 days in captivity before finally being released on Jan. 20, 1981, the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president. Their release followed complex and lengthy negotiations between the Iranians and the administration of President Jimmy Carter.
NEWS
February 29, 2000
IT IS NOT TRUE that Cuba and the United States lack diplomatic relations. They maintain embassies in each other's capitals under the fiction of having an "Interests Section" within Switzerland's embassy. These embassies operate under diplomatic niceties worked out over centuries to allow countries to deal with such delicate matters. One of these niceties is diplomatic immunity. A diplomat accused of misbehavior is not charged, but instructed to leave. The accusation need not be proven.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | July 13, 1995
HANOI, Vietnam -- The re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Vietnam stands as a watershed in American history. Yet the decision will have little immediate effect on the two countries or on people with business or personal links."
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By New York Times News Service | February 12, 1995
WASHINGTON -- When the government of Vietnam opened its first diplomatic office here last week, the chief of liaison was met with angry shouts from protesters. In the days that followed, however, the downtown suite of offices has filled up with flowers from U.S. companies eager to do business with the former foe.As Vietnam and the United States move gingerly toward full diplomatic ties, the strains of the past and the hopes for the future overlap awkwardly.Le Van Bang, the chief of the new, six-person liaison office, describes his role as helping to tell America of how Vietnam has moved on since the Communists emerged victorious and unified the country nearly 20 years ago. As he shows a visitor around the largely empty downtown suite of offices, decorated with tapestries of pagodas and the orange-and-yellow Vietnamese flag, he stopped to read cards from some of the floral tributes.
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