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The Korea Deal: Advantage U.S. 
http://wp2.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1997-04/17/022L-041797-idx.html
By Howard Diamond; April 17 1997; Page A23 The Washington Post 
"Victor Gilinsky and Henry Sokolski ["Korea: How Long Do We
Live With Blackmail?," op-ed, March 27] claim the 1994
U.S.-North Korean Agreed Framework has been reinterpreted to
Pyongyang's advantage. This puzzling judgment is made possible
only by mischaracterizing the significant progress to date and
avoiding any mention of the benefits."

U.S., S. Korea await North's answer on peace talks
http://www.merc.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2453885-070
S.Korea to decide on food aid to N.Korea soon
http://www.merc.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2454658-ad3
"Crucial talks open Wednesday on whether famine-threatened North Korea
is prepared to make a serious stab at peace with its prosperous
democratic arch-rival in the south. U.S. officials are cautiously
optimistic Pyongyang will respond positively to Washington's year-old
joint proposal with South Korea for four-party peace talks that would
finally close the books on the 1950-53 Korean War. But while they hope
for a direct answer Wednesday, U.S. negotiators are prepared for
marathon discussions that may not produce a conclusive reply until 
Friday."

Meeting on Korea opens on positive note 
http://www.nando.net/newsroom/ntn/world/041697/world3_25161.html
"NEW YORK (April 16, 1997 12:43 p.m. EDT) - North
Korea went into a crucial meeting on Korean peninsula peace
efforts on Wednesday on a positive note, suggesting it would
produce "good results.""

Iran long-range missile slated for 2000 
http://www.jpost.com:80/com/Archive/15.Apr.1997/News/Article-3.html
by STEVE RODAN 
The Jeruslaem Post 8 Nisan 5757  [Tuesday, April 15, 1997 ]
JERUSALEM (April 15) - Israel plans to raise Russian aid to Iran's
medium-range ballistic missile project during this week's visit by 
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Viktor Posuvaliuk.... The
officials said that despite numerous Israeli appeals, Russia 
is continuing to provide massive aid to Iran's missile project. 
They said Teheran is developing a missile, with a range of 
up to 1,500 kilometers ... The officials said Russia was 
invited to help Iran with its ballistic missile, after North 
Korea was apparently unable to supply its Nodung I missile."

Businessman Nahum Manbar missing 
http://www.jpost.com:80/com/Archive/15.Apr.1997/News/Article-2.html
The Jeruslaem Post 8 Nisan 5757  [Tuesday, April 15, 1997 ]
"JERUSALEM (April 15) - An Israeli businessman with alleged 
links to illegal trading with Iran has been missing in Europe 
since a basketball game in Greece last month. There has 
been no contact with missing Nahum Manbar for the past
three weeks.... Manbar had been allegedly connected with 
breaking the arms embargo on Iran and had also sold 
chemical weapons components to China. These 
components, it was alleged, had made their way to Iran."

Iraqi wants to meet UN arms expectations this year
http://www.merc.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2467941-bbf
A senior Iraqi official said Wednesday his government was determined
to comply with U.N. disarmament requirements this year despite what he
considered unfair criticisms from weapons inspectors. Riyadh al-Qaysi,
undersecretary in Iraq's foreign ministry, spoke to Security Council
members on the latest report from the U.N. Special Commission in
charge of ridding Iraq of dangerous weapons. "What we know is that we
should complete, finalize work on our commitments and we are
determined to do so this year and then we see how the situation
develops," he said. 

Russia: Analysis From Washington--Moscow, Tehran, And Berlin
http://www.rferl.org/nca/features/1997/04/F.RU.970414114108.html
By Paul Goble Washington, 14 April 1997 (RFE/RL) 
Yeltsin's meeting with the Iranian parliamentarian was more than
simply "an opportunity to spite" the West over NATO as one
Moscow publication suggested. It provided Yeltsin with an 
opportunity to cement a relationship that has already brought 
him and Moscow certain very real benefits. Tehran is a major 
purchaser of Russian military equipment and nuclear technology. 

RUSSIA OPPOSES ANY FORMS OF TERRORISM,
BELIEVES THAT ISOLATION OF MIDEASTERN AND
FAR EASTERN STATES CAN RADICALIZE THEM
STILL FURTHER BADEN-BADEN, APRIL 17, RIA
NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT NATALIA SALNIKOVA - 
	http://www.russia.net/ria/hotline/hg17041.htm