Rumsfeld: China, Russia, N. Korea 'threatening'

Security cooperation among nations in Southeast Asia is expanding but could be set back if China, Russia and North Korea do not become more open and less threatening, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Saturday. In remarks prepared for delivery to a gathering of military leaders from the region, Rumsfeld pledged that the United States will stay involved in Southeast Asia. He pointed to improved relationships between the United States and Japan, India, Indonesia, South Korea and Pakistan. "More nations are freer than ever before, yet freedom is increasingly under assault - by the designs of violent extremists and rogue regimes," said Rumsfeld.