April 29, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Korea refuses to come clean on N-report
destroys few chemical weapons
worldwide toll rises to 332
detains Mayor of Baghdad
Baghdad, April 28
US forces, seeking to restore order to a shattered Iraq, arrested the self-appointed Mayor of Baghdad on Sunday for trying to run the city without their authority and whisked him out of the capital.
North Korea refuses to come clean on N-report
Seoul, April 28
The Communist North and Capitalist South — divided by the world’s last cold war border, the heavily fortified demilitarised zone — were holding the second of three days of the Cabinet-level talks in Pyongyang that were primarily intended to discuss economic links.
US Administration sources said last week North Korea had told US Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly at talks in Beijing it already had atomic bombs and could make more because it had reprocessed thousands of spent nuclear fuel rods — both in violation of a 1994 US-North Korean pact.
The crisis has had an impact on South Korea’s already weakening economy. They won extended gains in a technical correction, but traders are still watching the North. Shares recouped early losses but sentiment remained fragile. South Korea tried yesterday to discuss the crisis. North Korea said only it had offered the USA a “bold proposal’’. The pool report said North Korea again stuck to its line that it would discuss the nuclear crisis only with the USA.
The North’s official KCNA news agency said North Korea had made a series of separate proposals yesterday to South Korea.
It did not mention the South’s demand for nuclear details.
It said the North had proposed the two sides should stop loudspeaker broadcasts across the DMZ, halt negative television coverage, agree on allowing commercial ships into the other’s waters and speed up existing projects such as cross-border rail and road links and an industrial centre in the North.
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has pledged to continue his predecessor Kim Dae-jung’s policy of engaging North Korea, but one official made clear it might not be at any price. It was not clear whether that tough language would translate into a halt or reduction in food and other aid to the North.
Russia destroys few chemical weapons
Moscow, April 28
Speaking at the destruction facility in the central Russian town of Gorny, Sergei Kiriyenko, Chairman of the State Commission on Chemical Disarmament, said the punctual elimination of the mustard gas “shows that our country is firmly fulfilling its obligations and testifies to the fact that Russian scientists can create technology not just on the world standard, but surpassing it.”
Russia committed itself in 1997 to destroying the stock pile, which at 40,000 metric tonnes is the world’s largest, within 10 years. However, the Kremlin says it lacks the funds to complete the programme on time and has appealed for increased international donations.
The Gorny plant was built with the aid of Germany and the European Union. The United States has produced the bulk of funding for another site under construction at
Shchuchye, in the Ural Mountains region. However, it has frozen some money due to concerns that Russia has not contributed enough or made elimination of chemical weapons a high enough priority.
SARS worldwide toll rises to 332
Beijing, April 28
Eight new fatalities were reported in China and five in Hong Kong while a woman died in Canada raising the worldwide toll from the killer flu to 332. The atypical pnuemonia has so far infected more than 5,000 people, since it first appeared in China’s Guangdong province seven months ago.
“It appears from the reports which we have from Hong Kong, Singapore, Toronto and Vietnam that the epidemic has peaked in those countries,” said WHO chief of communicable diseases, David Heyman in Bangkok.
He said these countries had fewer fresh infections indicating that the outbreak was contained there even as China continued to be a subject of concern.
According to figures released by the Chinese Health Ministry, the toll in mainland stood at 139 with Hong Kong following closely at 138. More than 3,600 confirmed cases are undergoing treatment in China and 847 sickened persons in the neighbouring Hong Kong, where a total of 710 persons have recovered and sent home.
With six SARS deaths being reported in Inner Mongolia, the province followed Beijing’s example and shut libraries, museums, cinemas and internet cafes to check the spread of the epidemic.
The government struggled to stem growing panic over the spread of the epidemic and the Ministry of Commerce ordered that enough commodities and medical supplies are available as the World Health Organisation (WHO) stressed cooperation from Beijing authorities in fighting SARS.
A total of 7,672 people had been quarantined and quarantine measures were enforced at a residential quarter of Renmin hospital, three dormitory buildings in the northern Jiaatono university and two dormitory buildings in the Beijing Science and Technology Research Institute.
The quarantine control was also taken in 24 designated SARS patient hospitals, and in the SARS patient reception areas of 29 general hospitals as well as the fever outpatient departments in 74 hospitals.
As the nation reeled under the SARS scare, Premier Wen said “I believe the Chinese people will be even more united and the Chinese nation will emerge stronger from the SARS disaster than ever.”
As of April 27, Beijing had 1,114 confirmed cases of SARS and 1,19 suspected cases. A total of 56 patients had died.
USA detains Mayor of Baghdad
Baghdad, April 28
Mohammed Mohsen Zubaidi, a former exile who declared himself Mayor 10 days ago, was ''removed'' from Baghdad for obstructing efforts to get Iraqis back to work after the war that ousted Saddam Hussein, a U S military statement said.
RUSSIAN CAPSULE DOCKS WITH ISS DIANA’S LETTERS, CARD GO UP FOR AUCTION WHY OLD PERSONS SUFFER FROM DEAFNESS? STOLEN PAINTINGS FOUND BEHIND TOILET
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