- The Washington Times - Monday, January 22, 2007

GERMANY

Rice warns investors on Iran sanctions

BERLIN — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said companies should beware of doing business with Iran and think about the possibility that more sanctions will be imposed on it.

“I think people ought to think about the risk of further sanctions,” Miss Rice told Der Spiegel magazine. “The United States is clearly sanctioning Iranian banks, and our laws are very tough on those who deal with banks that we have sanctioned.”

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a sanctions resolution on Dec. 23, giving Iran 60 days to suspend nuclear fuel enrichment activity.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Iraq’s Talabani urges Syria-U.S. ‘dialogue’

DUBAI — Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in remarks aired yesterday that he will push for dialogue between the United States and neighboring Syria, which he said was helping Baghdad clamp down on terrorism.

Mr. Talabani, who paid a landmark visit to Syria earlier this month, said he had not received any request to mediate between Damascus and Washington from either nation.

But, he told Al Arabiya television, “I personally will seek to give a true picture about Syria’s intentions and policy to the U.S. administration, and I will seek to encourage our American friends to have a dialogue with Syria.”

CHINA

Renewed Korea talks seen within 2 weeks

BEIJING — Talks aimed at persuading North Korea to give up nuclear weapons could resume within two weeks, Washington’s chief envoy to the long-running negotiations said yesterday.

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill was speaking after meeting Wu Dawei, China’s chief negotiator in the six-party talks, Japan’s Kyodo News agency reported.

“Talking to Wu Dawei, I think he agrees with me, we should do it soon as everybody can agree,” Kyodo quoted Mr. Hill as saying. “I can’t tell you at this point when it will be, but I think probably in the next couple of weeks.”

TURKEY

Teenager confesses to killing Armenian

ISTANBUL — A teenage boy has confessed to fatally shooting an ethnic Armenian journalist outside his newspaper office, a prosecutor said yesterday.

Ogun Samast, who is either 16 or 17, was caught in the Black Sea city of Samsun late Saturday, a day after Hrant Dink was killed in Istanbul. Police said the youth was captured after a tip from his father after his pictures were broadcast on Turkish television.

Chief prosecutor Ahmet Cokcinar told the Associated Press that the teenager had confessed to killing Mr. Dink during initial questioning in Samsun. The prosecutor refused to give further details.

SRI LANKA

Tamil Tiger bastion falls in country’s east

VALACHCHENAI — Sri Lankan troops chased small groups of fleeing Tamil Tigers yesterday after overrunning an eastern stronghold held by the rebels for 11 years.

The military said it was clearing fields of land mines laid by the Tigers and aimed to resettle civilians in the newly captured area as soon as possible.

The Tigers remained defiant yesterday despite the loss of an important maritime supply line through the strategic coastal stretch spanning the districts of Trincomalee and Batticaloa about 150 miles northeast of Colombo.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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