Clinton to attend NATO meeting, visit Seoul, Tokyo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to Berlin this week for a NATO foreign ministers meeting expected to focus on Libya and then continues to South Korea and Japan, the State Department said on Monday.

The Western security alliance will meet as NATO uses air power to help Libyan rebels seeking to end Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule in the oil-exporting Arab nation, the latest to see a popular revolt against authoritarian leaders.

Clinton will be in Berlin from Wednesday through Friday for the talks among the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 28 members, who will also discuss Afghanistan and hold separate meetings with Georgia, Russia and Ukraine.

She will travel to Seoul on Saturday and Sunday amid a diplomatic flurry that seems designed to try to resume talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear programs.

A South Korean nuclear envoy is in Washington this week to meet top officials, including Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg and Stephen Bosworth, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy.

Clinton ends her trip in Tokyo on Sunday in a gesture of support to Japan following its March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which killed thousands, crippled a nuclear power plant and rattled the world’s third-largest economy.

While in Japan, she will meet Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Paul Simao)

Clinton to attend NATO meeting, visit Seoul, Tokyo