- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 4, 2001

U.S. consortium inks deal with North Korea
SEOUL A U.S.-led international consortium signed an agreement with North Korea yesterday guaranteeing the quality of two nuclear reactors it is building in the reclusive communist country, South Korean officials said.
The construction of the reactors could be critical to the success of U.S.-led efforts to ensure Pyongyang uses its nuclear facilities to produce energy rather than weapons.
The Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization is building the reactors in return for the North's agreement in 1994 to freeze its suspected nuclear weapons program. North Korea has threatened to scrap the 1994 deal unless the consortium compensates it for losses caused by construction delays.
The U.S.-led consortium had rejected the idea of compensation.

Jordan sentences five in 1994 assassination
AMMAN, Jordan A military court yesterday condemned five men to death, including the notorious Abu Nidal, for the 1994 assassination of a Jordanian diplomat.
Four of the five convicted killers, including Nidal, were sentenced in absentia. Only Yasser Mohammed Abu Shinar, a Palestinian, stood before the State Security Court in Amman.
They were found guilty of killing Naeb Imran Maaytah, first secretary at the Jordanian Embassy in Beirut.
He was fatally shot while sitting in his car in front of the embassy on Jan. 29, 1994.

Congo war talks could restart soon
JOHANNESBURG Stalled talks to end three years of civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo will resume in Sun City, South Africa, at the end of January, former Botswana President Ketumile Masire said yesterday.
The meeting will attempt to resume talks that broke down in Addis Ababa in October, mainly over funding and which groups should take part.
They are aimed at ending Africa's biggest conflict, in which 2 million people have died.

U.S., India begin defense talks
NEW DELHI A senior U.S. defense envoy began talks yesterday with government officials aimed at deepening military cooperation with India, a former Cold War ally of Moscow.
The visit by Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith was the latest in a string of high-profile U.S. visitors to the Indian capital wanting to bolster ties with India.
Indo-U.S. relations have improved dramatically over the past few years. Washington has sought closer regional ties as a counterweight to China. India was one of the first nations to support the U.S. war on terrorism.

Russia to launchnew nuclear sub
MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said yesterday he would visit a northern shipyard to launch a nuclear submarine a trip apparently intended to bolster the Russian navy's morale, shaken by the weekend ouster of several admirals.
Mr. Putin said he would go to the Sevmash shipyard in the town of Severodvinsk today to commission the submarine Gepard. The same shipyard launched the Kursk nuclear submarine, which sank in the Barents Sea in August 2000, killing all 118 men aboard.

Cake-throwing protest considered treason
STOCKHOLM A Swedish court convicted four teen-age boys of high treason yesterday for throwing a cream cake at King Carl Gustaf.
In a protest against the monarchy, the youngsters had assembled a strawberry cream cake before one of them threw it in the king's face shouting "For King and Fatherland" during a royal visit to a Swedish park in September.
The court fined the boys between 80 and 100 days' income each, which legal sources said would equate to a maximum fine of about $370. They were also convicted of minor assault.
The boys were all between the ages of 16 and 18.

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