- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 10, 2006

SOUTH KOREA

President skeptical of sanctions on North

YONGSAN GARRISON — South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun expressed reservations yesterday about potential new U.S. sanctions against North Korea over its recent missile launchings, a visiting U.S. congressional delegation said.

Mr. Roh “felt a carrot was more useful with the North Koreans than a stick,” House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry J. Hyde said after meeting with the South Korean president. “He expressed a lack of enthusiasm for more sanctions.”

The North test-fired seven missiles last month, including a new model believed to be capable of reaching parts of the United States.

The move prompted the U.N. Security Council to pass a statement criticizing the July 5 tests and calling on all member nations to halt weapons-related dealings with the country.

JAPAN

Police arrest man for N. Korea exports

TOKYO — A man who reportedly exported machinery to North Korea that can be used to make biological weapons was arrested yesterday as part of a Japanese crackdown on trade with its communist neighbor over concerns about the North’s nuclear program.

The suspect, a former president of a trading company, is accused of illegally exporting a freeze dryer to North Korea in 2002, and was charged with not obtaining proper approval from Japan’s trade ministry, said Shinji Matsuzaki, a police official in the western prefecture of Shimane.

Freeze dryers quickly dry solid substances in a vacuum and are often used in making instant coffee and instant noodles. But they can also be used to dry and store bacteria while producing biological weapons, Mr. Matsuzaki said.

Muslim nations offer troops for Lebanon

JAKARTA — Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei are ready to send troops to Lebanon if called on to take part in a U.N. peacekeeping mission, the military chiefs of the three countries said yesterday.

The heads of the armed forces of the mainly Muslim Southeast Asian neighbors met to discuss coordination for a potential deployment of troops in the Middle East.

The meeting was a follow-up to an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference in Malaysia this month during which leaders called for the creation of a Muslim peacekeeping force in Lebanon under U.N. control.

VIETNAM

Ducks slaughtered in bird flu battle

HANOI — Vietnam has slaughtered 54 ducks in a southern province after tests showed they had a strain of avian influenza, the third such finding this year, but there has been no outbreak of the disease, an official said yesterday.

The tests were part of bird-flu surveillance following a vaccination campaign to protect poultry from the H5N1 virus, said Mai Van Hiep, director of the Animal Health Department in Ben Tre province, 50 miles southwest of Ho Chi Minh City.

Wild birds, ducks and geese can carry H5N1 without showing symptoms.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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