- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 21, 2006


Opposition leaders lashed in attack

SEOUL — South Korean opposition leader Pak Kun-hye was attacked by a drunken man and suffered facial injuries yesterday while campaigning in local elections, the Yonhap News agency reported.

Mrs. Pak, chairwoman of the main opposition Grand National Party (GNP), was canvassing for Oh Se-hoon, the GNP mayor of Seoul, when the man, identified only by his surname, Ji, slashed the right side of her face with a knife, Yonhap quoted party officials as saying.

Mrs. Pak, the daughter of the late President Park Chung-hee, received 17 stitches, a doctor said.


EU nuke plan called violation of rights

KUWAIT CITY — Iran, in its first reaction to a European Union proposal aimed at resolving a nuclear standoff with the West, said yesterday that suspension of uranium enrichment breached Tehran’s rights.

“The suspension of nuclear activities is in contradiction with our legitimate rights,” Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Kuwait in response to a question on whether Tehran was prepared to suspend the enrichment during proposed negotiations.

The EU draft proposal, prepared by Germany, Britain and France, offers a package of trade, technology and security benefits — including sales of U.S. and European commercial aircraft — if Tehran stops enriching uranium.


Peacekeepers move on guerrillas

MARABU — U.N. peacekeepers with attack helicopters and armored vehicles began an offensive against a rebel militia yesterday to try to bolster security two months in advance of long-awaited national elections.

About 1,000 Bangladeshi, Pakistani and South African U.N. peacekeepers, along with 3,000 Congolese soldiers began the operation to retake the town of Tchei in Ituri district of eastern Congo, where militia violence has killed tens of thousands since 1999.

Presidential and legislative elections are due in Congo on July 30 after repeated delays. They will be the first multiparty elections in four decades in the vast Central African country.


Chinese boat rescues typhoon survivors

BEIJING — A Chinese vessel rescued 97 Vietnamese fishermen stranded on a remote island by Typhoon Chanchu, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported yesterday.

The fishermen were found alive on the island of Dong Sa earlyyesterday, three days after the powerful storm swept through the South China Sea. The rescue vessel also found 18 bodies.

Chanchu, which is known to have killed at least 92 persons across Asia before being downgraded to a tropical storm, hit the Vietnamese ships from early Wednesday as it swept from the Philippines toward China.


U.N. official visits Suu Kyi

RANGOON — Detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is in good health, senior U.N. official Ibrahim Gambari said after a one-hour meeting yesterday, her first contact with an outsider in three years.

The meeting at a Rangoon guest house followed an audience between Mr. Gambari and Than Shwe, the ruling military junta’s supreme leader, in his new jungle capital, where the Nigerian envoy said he delivered a message from U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Nobel peace laureate Mrs. Suu Kyi, 60, has been in prison or under house arrest for the last three years. Her telephone was disconnected and all visitors barred, except for her maid and doctor.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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