NATO pledges assistance to Libya

NATO pledges assistance to Libya

BRUSSELS, March 6 (UPI) -- NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow reaffirmed NATO's commitment to Libya during a Ministerial Conference in Rome on Thursday.
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NATO reaches out to Russia on missiles

LONDON, June 13 (UPI) -- Russia can allay concerns about regional missile defense plans through a closer relationship with NATO, Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said.

NATO to review cybersecurity

MOSCOW, May 31 (UPI) -- A NATO official said the alliance would review cybersecurity initiatives when defense ministers meet next week in Brussels.

Russia warns of pre-emptive strike

MOSCOW, May 3 (UPI) -- A Russian general warned Thursday of possible pre-emptive strikes on NATO missile defense sites in Eastern Europe if NATO proceeds with a missile shield.

S.Korean journalists blast U.S. envoy

SEOUL, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- South Korea's largest journalists group Wednesday criticized the U.S. ambassador to Seoul for what it said was harsh words toward North Korea.

Ambassador has harsh words for N. Korea

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. ambassador to South Korea used harsh words about the North Korean regime in answer to a question on the Web site "Cafe USA."

U.S. to show proof of North Korean fraud

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. officials will visit Seoul this month with evidence of North Korea's counterfeiting of U.S. dollars, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea said Thursday. Alexander Vershbow told a forum in Seoul that U.S. Treasury Department officials most likely would

U.S., Russia allies again: Vershbow

MOSCOW, May 8 (UPI) -- The United States and Russia are allies now just as they were in World War II, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow said Saturday.

U.S. to be flexible in N.Korea nuke talks

MOSCOW, July 20 (UPI) -- The United States could be flexible and hopes for concrete results in upcoming nuclear talks with North Korea, a senior U.S. diplomat said Monday in Moscow.

Envoy: US not recruiting Russians

MOSCOW, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The United States' diplomatic mission was not recruiting Russia's Afghan war veterans to fight in Afghanistan, the U.S. envoy to Moscow told reporters Monday.

Russia, US move closer to arms agreement

MOSCOW, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Russia and the United States may be able to reach agreement on a landmark strategic weapons deal during next month's Texas summit between Presidents George W. B
Alexander Vershbow

Alexander "Sandy" Vershbow was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and attended the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School before moving on to Yale College, from which he graduated in 1974. Until October 2008, he was the United States Ambassador to South Korea; he was appointed to the position in October 2005. Before that post he had been the ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2001 to 2005 and the ambassador to NATO from 1998 to 2001. For his work with NATO he was awarded the State Department's Distinguished Service Award.

In March, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Vershbow as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security, a position that, if confirmed, will give him responsibility for U.S. policy toward NATO, coordination of U.S. security and defense policies relating to the nations and international organizations of Europe, the Middle East and Africa..

Early in his tenure as ambassador to South Korea he generated controversy by continuing the hard line on North Korea begun by his predecessor Christopher Hill. He pressed North Korea on the issues of human rights and superdollars, calling the government a "criminal regime", and called on them to return to the Six-Party Talks. The South Korean government has asked him to tone down his rhetoric, in accordance with their Sunshine Policy, and one lawmaker even tried to have him expelled from the country. In January 2006 his attempt to meet with the Korea Internet Journalists' Association, which describes itself as 'progressive', was blocked by protestors from the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.

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