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Pentagon pledges continued aid for MH370 search

English.news.cn   2014-04-03 13:29:28

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference on the flight deck of the USS Anchorage, an amphibious transport dock ship at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, the United States, April 2, 2014. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday pledged to continue providing U.S. assistance for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. He said he met with Malaysian Defense Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein during the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum that is being held here, and the latter did not ask him for 'any specific new items.' (Xinhua/lv Mingxiang)
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference on the flight deck of the USS Anchorage, an amphibious transport dock ship at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, the United States, April 2, 2014. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday pledged to continue providing U.S. assistance for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. He said he met with Malaysian Defense Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein during the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum that is being held here, and the latter did not ask him for "any specific new items." (Xinhua/lv Mingxiang)

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HONOLULU, United States, April 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday pledged to continue providing U.S. assistance for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Speaking at a press conference aboard USS Anchorage in Honolulu, Hagel told reporters that the United State has been complying with "every request made by the Malaysian government" to assist in the search in the last several weeks.

He said he met with Malaysian Defense Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein during the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum that is being held here, and the latter did not ask him for "any specific new items."

Hagel pledged that the United States will "continue to do everything we need to do" in assisting the Malaysian and other people in the Asia-Pacific region that have been affected by the "very mysterious flight" to seek out what happened.

The multi-national massive search for the missing flight has emerged to be one of the topics that the Pentagon chief planned to discuss with his fellow defense chiefs during the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum in Hawaii.

Hagel told reporters en route to Hawaii on Tuesday that the massive search has "big limitations to how much we can do" with "the huge amount of unknowns."

Like other tragedies, there is always "lessons to be learned," Hagel said.

"We're going to go back, the Malaysians will go back, all the ASEAN nations will go back and walk through this -- what could have been done, maybe what should have been done, what needs to be done better," he added.

 

 

Editor: Tang Danlu
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