Singapore prime minister visits White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he appreciates an outstanding partnership between the United States and Singapore on military, economic and other matters in Asia.

Obama ignored questions from reporters about an alarming development in the Pacific region with North Korea announcing plans to restart its nuclear facilities. Neither Obama nor Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (lee shee-EHN’ loong ) mentioned it in their brief remarks.

Instead, they focused on touting their bilateral cooperation. Lee says Singapore is looking forward to hosting Navy warships as the U.S. shifts its military presence to the Asia-Pacific.

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