- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2006

IRAN

Allies Russia, China snubbed on deal

TEHRAN — Iran rejected calls by Russia and China for a quick response to incentives to suspend its nuclear program, indicating yesterday that it wanted to negotiate the terms of the offer.

The exchange came a day after diplomats said the U.S., Britain and France would revive a push to punish the Islamic republic if it does not suspend uranium enrichment and agree to talks on its nuclear program by next Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would like talks on the incentive package to start before the July 15-17 summit of the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations.

AFGHANISTAN

Bomb rocks Kabul; five laborers slain

KABUL — A bomb hidden in a cart exploded yesterday in a crowded intersection of downtown Kabul, injuring 10 persons, and five Afghan laborers were ambushed and fatally shot on their way to a U.S. military base in the east.

The bomb had been planted in a hand cart behind a car, police said. The explosion occurred at a busy traffic intersection near the presidential palace, shattering windows of a movie theater and the nearby Justice Ministry.

SOUTH KOREA

Talks in Washington scheduled for today

SEOUL — South Korea’s national security adviser left yesterday for Washington for talks on North Korea, hours before Pyongyang fired what appeared to be a short-range missile over the East Sea/Sea of Japan.

Song Min-soon was scheduled to meet his counterpart, Stephen J. Hadley; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; and other officials for discussions on the North’s missile and nuclear programs, among other topics, before returning tomorrow, his office said.

The trip was planned before the North Korean missile launch yesterday.

CHINA

Hu tells Japanese he wants good ties

BEIJING — President Hu Jintao told the head of Japan’s main opposition party yesterday that he hoped the two countries could improve relations, which have been chilled by wartime history and regional rivalry.

Mr. Hu acknowledged the problems in a meeting with Ichiro Ozawa, the leader of Japan’s opposition Democratic Party, and called for more dialogue, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

China has refused to hold summits with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi since 2001, although they have met on the sidelines of multilateral forums.

POLAND

Remorse expressed over 1946 pogrom

KIELCE — Poland expressed remorse and shame yesterday over the notorious “Kielce pogrom” of Jewish Holocaust survivors a year after the end of World War II.

About 40 Jews, including women and children, were stoned and beaten to death by mobs in this southern city on July 4, 1946, after someone spread a false rumor that Jews had killed a Christian boy.

Marking the 60th anniversary, Polish and Jewish leaders dedicated a monument in the city and planted an oak tree in memory of the victims.

KAZAKHSTAN

President, daughter merge their parties

ALMATY — President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his daughter Dariga merged their political parties yesterday in a move that prompted speculation that she is being groomed as his heir apparent.

Mr. Nazarbayev has ruled the former Soviet state since 1989. His current term expires in 2013, when he will be 72, and he has not said who may succeed him.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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