|Published:||Nov 30, 2011 1:11 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 30, 2011 1:11 PM EST|
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has arrived in Myanmar on a historic visit to the long-isolated Southeast Asian nation to test the new government's commitment to reform, including severing military and nuclear ties with North Korea.
Clinton is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country also known as Burma in more than half a century. Officials say she plans to press the formerly military-run government on its readiness to open up, suggesting specific steps the leadership could take and reciprocal measures the U.S. is willing to consider.
Clinton will meet Thursday with top Myanmar officials before traveling to the commercial capital of Yangon for a private dinner and talks with opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee).