Laos Dam Collapse： several people killed，hundreds missing
Laos state media says several people have been killed and hundreds more are missing after the collapse of a hydroelectric dam.
The accident occurred in the southeastern province of Attapeu late Monday. The collapse of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam released large waves of water throughout the district, washing away hundreds of homes and leaving scores of residents homeless.
The dam is a joint project involving Lao, South Korean and Thai companies. It was scheduled to begin operating sometime this year.
US-South Korea Pact to Remain, Even if North Korea Threat Eases
Although the pace of the denuclearization effort by North Korea has been slow, the level of threat from the regime has declined, Gen. Vincent Brooks, top U.S. commander in South Korea, said.
"We've gone now 235 days without a provocation, so we saw a big change occur," Brooks said at the Aspen Security Forum via video link on Saturday. "To be sure, the physical threats and capabilities are still in place. But it's evident through words and action that the intent to use them has changed."
Even if North Korea's nuclear threat is reduced and tension on the peninsula de-escalates, the U.S.-South Korea alliance will remain unchanged. The relationship is bound by the Mutual Defense Treaty, signed at the conclusion of the Korean War in 1953, to provide a basis for the continued U.S. troop presence on the Korean Peninsula to deter a North Korean attack on South Korea and to provide a nuclear umbrella in the region.
Vershbow, who served as ambassador to South Korea during the George W. Bush administration,said, in the long run, the absence of a North Korean threat could potentially reduce the U.S. troop presence in South Korea.
After meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Trump called for the suspension of "war games" with South Korea.
Currently, there are 28,000 U.S. troops in South Korea.