- The Washington Times - Friday, November 2, 2007

NORTH KOREA

Team to begin disabling plant

BEIJING — U.S. technicians are likely to begin dismantling by the end of this week North Korea’s nuclear complex, which makes weapons-grade plutonium, the chief U.S. nuclear envoy said yesterday.

The team of U.S. specialists arrived in Pyongyang yesterday to oversee the disabling of the secretive state’s Soviet-era nuclear reactor, a plant that makes nuclear fuel and another that turns spent fuel into plutonium.

Christopher R. Hill, the top U.S. envoy to six-nation talks to end Pyongyang’s nuclear-arms program, said the U.S. team had “a specific list of measures” and would arrive at the nuclear complex to begin the dismantling process today or tomorrow.

INDIA

Legislator held in reporter beating

PATNA — A ruling party lawmaker in India’s eastern Bihar state suspected of links to rape and murder was arrested yesterday after his guards and supporters beat up a television crew.

A police spokesman in the state capital Patna said Anant Singh, a member of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal, was charged with the abduction and assault of a two-member crew from the private NDTV television station.

Clips broadcast on several Indian news channels showed Mr. Singh’s supporters and his police guards battering the two journalists in public before dragging them inside Mr. Singh’s home.

CAMBODIA

Trade deal signed with North Korea

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia and North Korea signed a trade and investment deal yesterday during a visit by Kim Yong-il, prime minister of the reclusive communist state.

The pact, which has been in the pipeline for several months, was initiated at the request of Pyongyang, whose limited trade with the outside world was cut further last year by sanctions the United Nations imposed after North Korea’s October nuclear test.

INDONESIA

Volcano prompts evacuations

MOUNT KELUD — Hundreds of tremors shook one of Indonesia’s deadliest volcanoes yesterday, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people because the mountain could erupt at any time, a government official said.

In 1990, Mount Kelud killed more than 30 persons and injured hundreds. In 1919, a powerful explosion that could be heard hundreds of miles away destroyed dozens of villages and killed at least 5,160.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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