- - Monday, May 14, 2012

YANGON — Myanmar tightened security for a visit by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Monday, the first by a South Korean leader since an assassination attempt by North Korean commandos nearly 30 years ago.

Mr. Lee flew to the capital, Naypyitaw, to meet with Myanmar President Thein Sein as part of a two-day visit that is expected to strengthen ties between the Asian countries, a statement from Mr. Lee’s office said.

The South Korean president is the latest dignitary to visit Myanmar as it transitions from a military dictatorship to a fledgling democracy and opens its massive investment potential to the eager international community.

IRAN

IAEA, Iran begin new nuke talks

VIENNA — A senior U.N. nuclear agency official urged Iran on Monday to allow access to sites, people and documents it seeks in its probe of suspicions that Tehran conducted secret research into nuclear-weapons development.

The appeal came as International Atomic Energy Agency officials renewed talks with Iranian envoys aimed at persuading Tehran to allow IAEA experts to visit a suspect site at the Parchin military complex.

The agency thinks that site was used by Iran to test multipoint explosives of the type used to set off a nuclear charge.

Iran denies such experiments and insists it has no plans to turn its civilian nuclear program to making weapons.

A computer-generated drawing obtained by the Associated Press from a country tracking Iran’s nuclear program depicts a containment chamber that would be used for such work.

ARGENTINA

Vice president targeted for graft probe

BUENOS AIRES — The legal battles of Argentine Vice President Amado Boudou grew more complicated on Monday, when a federal prosecutor asked a judge to open an illegal-enrichment probe.

Also named were Mr. Boudou’s girlfriend, Agustina Kampfer; longtime friend and business partner Jose Maria Nunez Carmona; and another businessman, Alejandro Vandenbroele, who is said to have served as Mr. Boudou’s proxy in a series of business deals.

Prosecutor Jorge Di Lello also asked Judge Ariel Lijo to investigate 10 businesses, including the Old Fund, a holding company reportedly linked to Mr. Boudou.

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