- The Washington Times - Friday, November 5, 2004


No six-way talks seen with Bush’s re-election

SEOUL — North Korea doesn’t expect six-nation talks on its nuclear weapons program to resume anytime soon under a second-term administration of President Bush, a top communist envoy said in a report published yesterday.

“As long as the United States plans to attack us and pursues a change in our political system or maintains such a policy, six-nation talks will be a waste of time even if the talks are held,” said Han Song Ryol, deputy chief of North Korea’s mission to the United Nations.


Soldiers, rebels clash as cease-fire broken

ABIDJAN — Ivory Coast soldiers battled rebel forces as warplanes launched more bombing raids yesterday, escalating hostilities a day after the government abandoned a cease-fire meant to end a civil war that has killed thousands of people.

There was no immediate word on casualties in the clashes, which came a day after government warplanes bombed Bouake, breaking the 2003 cease-fire. The jets carried out five bombing runs there, destroying rebel headquarters and ruining other buildings, including homes and businesses.

Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie of France, Ivory Coast’s former colonial ruler, called the situation “extremely worrying” and urged the United Nations to take “all lawful means” to help peacekeepers here restore order.


Plutonium found at nuclear facility

VIENNA, Austria — U.N. experts have found traces of plutonium near an Egyptian nuclear facility and are investigating whether it could be weapons-related or simply a byproduct of the country’s peaceful atomic activities, diplomats said yesterday.

The diplomats, speaking on the condition of anonymity, warned against assuming that Egypt might have contravened the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by trying to separate plutonium, a substance used in nuclear weapons. The traces could be from a cracked research reactor fuel element or have other origins that have nothing to do with weapons research, they said.


Dispute over name to decide NATO entry

ATHENS — Greece’s government, angered by a U.S. decision to recognize the name of neighboring Macedonia, said yesterday it would block its Balkan neighbor from joining NATO or the European Union unless the name dispute is resolved.

Greece objects to the country’s constitutional name, the Republic of Macedonia, because Athens says it implies territorial claims toward Greece, which has a territory called Macedonia.


More peacekeepers to be sent to Haiti

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil will send additional peacekeepers to help restore order in Haiti and boost the 4,000-strong force to 5,500, a top government official said at a summit of Latin American leaders.

Even with the additional troops, the number of peacekeepers falls far short of the 8,300 troops and police promised by the United Nations, said Marco Aurelio Garcia, an aide to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

But it will be enough maintain security on the island and prevent it from descending into chaos again, Mr. Garcia said yesterday, after Mr. da Silva and Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo opened the two-day, annual 19-nation Rio Group summit.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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