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North Korea sends mixed signals

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 18, 2007


BEIJING - North Korea sent mixed signals on nuclear disarmament Saturday. North Korean nuclear envoy Kim Kye Gwan said that North Korea "will not stop its nuclear activity" until all of the $25-million in Banco Delta Asia in Macau was returned. But another North Korean diplomat, Kim Song Gi, said the regime has "begun preparations to shut down its Yongbyon nuclear facility" as part of a Feb. 13 agreement, South Korean nuclear envoy Chun Yung Woo said. The fate of the frozen funds, the result of a blacklisting by U.S. authorities, has become a central issue in disarmament talks.

Elsewhere

Belgrade, Serbia: Mihalj Kertes, a key aide to the late President Slobodan Milosevic, has been arrested for allegedly siphoning off millions of dollars of state money, police said Saturday. Milosevic was president of Yugoslavia from 1997 to 2000. He died last year while in a genocide trial at a U.N. war crimes tribunal.

Harare, Zimbabwe: Three opposition activists were arrested as they tried to leave the country Saturday, including two who were allegedly beaten by police and were going to South Africa to seek treatment, said Roy Bennett, exiled treasurer-general of Movement for Democratic Change.

Lahore, Pakistan: Police clashed with protesters for a second straight day Saturday over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's decision to suspend the country's chief justice on March 9.