** Japan to Mobilize Coast Guard When Beijing's Ships Reach Islands**
Japan says it will mobilize its coast guard when Chinese government shipsreach a disputed archipelago in the East China Sea, raising the possibilityof a confrontation between the two powerful Asian nations.
In a statement Wednesday, the Japanese foreign ministry said the coastguard mobilization will happen "when the (Chinese) ships get there, or at least come closer to" the Japanese-controlled islands.
China's official news agency Xinhua previously reported that the two ChinaMarine Surveillance ships "reached the waters around" the islands Tuesday morning as part of a plan to assert Beijing's claim of sovereignty.
Since then, Chinese state media have been silent on the ships' movements.The Japanese foreign ministry said it cannot confirm the location of the Chinese vessels.
** White House: Obama Won't Meet Israeli PM on US Visit**
U.S. President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli leader visits New York this month to urge thatthe U.N. take tougher action against Iran's nuclear program.
The White House says the two leaders discussed Iran's nuclear program duringan hour-long telephone call Tuesday night, and are united in keeping Iranfrom obtaining a nuclear weapon.
But a White House statement says there has been no request for Mr. Netanyahu to meet with Mr. Obama in Washington.
A White House official told VOA earlier that Mr. Obama's decision should not be interpreted as a refusal to meet the Israeli prime minister.
U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said the two leaders are scheduled to be in New York later this month, but not at the same time.