- The Washington Times - Friday, September 5, 2003


U.S. plans censure on Iranian nukes

VIENNA — Washington has drafted a resolution accusing Iran of violating its U.N. nuclear obligations ahead of next week’s key meeting of the U.N. atomic energy watchdog’s governing board, diplomats said yesterday.

One diplomat familiar with the draft resolution said Washington had given the draft to some of the 35 nations on the governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency to see if it had a chance of approval next week.

The IAEA board begins meeting Monday to discuss the agency’s reports on nuclear inspections in Iran.


North Korean ferry passes safety check

NIIGATA — A North Korean ferry suspected of smuggling drugs and missile parts in the past got through strict Japanese safety checks yesterday, clearing the way for its return to the isolated communist state.

The Mangyongbong-92 — the sole passenger link between Japan and North Korea — had arrived for the second time in 10 days at the northern port of Niigata.

It was met by more than 100 protesters, who were angry over Pyongyang’s nuclear arms program and the abduction of Japanese citizens decades ago.


BBC accused of baiting source

LONDON — A British Broadcasting Corp. reporter, and not a top government weapons adviser, was the one who suggested during an interview that a top aide of Prime Minister Tony Blair was behind an exaggeration of the threat posed by Iraq, an arms specialist said yesterday.

That testimony by Olivia Bosch contradicted statements by the British Broadcasting Corp.’s Andrew Gilligan, who said adviser David Kelly suggested the name of key Blair aide Alastair Campbell without prompting.

The testimony came in a judicial inquiry over Mr. Kelly’s suicide in July after Mr. Blair’s government revealed he was the source for Mr. Gilligan’s report.


Sanctions urged on Hamas political wing

LONDON — Britain will press members of the European Union to ban the political wing of Hamas when EU foreign ministers gather today for private talks on the shores of Lake Garda in northern Italy, the London Daily Telegraph reported.

The European Union has banned Hamas’ military wing, Izzedin al-Qassam, but Britain argues that moving against the political section would halt fund raising for the movement, which has resumed its terrorist campaign against Israeli targets.


Powerful typhoon batters mainland

BEIJING — Floods, landslides and the strongest typhoon to hit China in a quarter of a century have killed at least 86 persons and left many others missing, residents and provincial officials said yesterday.

The severe weather had caused losses of more than $700 million, state media reported.

In the northwestern province of Shaanxi, 34 persons were missing after 12 days of heavy rain triggered the worst flooding in the region in 40 years, state radio said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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