PROMISED SHIPMENT OF FUEL ARRIVES
SEOUL — A TANKER CARRYING FUEL OIL MOORED AT A NORTH KOREAN PORT TODAY UNDER A DEAL BY SIX COUNTRIES TO SHUT DOWN THE COMMUNIST STATE’S NUCLEAR REACTOR, SOUTH KOREA’S UNIFICATION MINISTRY SAID.
NORTH KOREA SAID LAST WEEK IT WOULD CONSIDER SUSPENDING THE OPERATION OF ITS NUCLEAR FACILITIES AS SOON AS IT RECEIVED THE FIRST SHIPMENT OF OIL FROM SOUTH KOREA UNDER THE FEB. 13 AID-FOR-DISARMAMENT DEAL.
THE SOUTH KOREAN TANKER ARRIVED AT THE PORT OF SONBONG AT 4:00 A.M. ON THE NORTHEASTERN COAST OF NORTH KOREA, A UNIFICATION MINISTRY SPOKESMAN SAID.
Peacekeepers probed in gold trafficking
KINSHASA — The investigative arm of the U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has opened an inquiry into reports that Indian peacekeepers serving in this Central African nation were smuggling gold, a spokesman said yesterday.
The probe is focusing on an Indian unit stationed in the eastern province of North Kivu near the Rwandan border, U.N. spokesman Kemal Saiki said. Another official said Indian peacekeepers have been trading U.N. rations for gold with the Rwandan rebels.
The announcement came as the U.N. peacekeeping chief in New York, Jean-Marie Guehenno, discussed a similar but separate inquiry in Congo involving charges of gun and gold smuggling. She said it found no evidence of arms smuggling but pointed to the possibility that a Pakistani peacekeeper “may have facilitated gold smuggling.”
She also said the United Nations was sending a management audit team to Congo immediately.
From wire dispatches and staff reports