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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI all over again?

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ledzeppelin - 05:44am Aug 11, 2001 EST (#7845 of 7905)

The proliferation of nuclear capability defies description; contributors like den345 herein above whom live in an unreal world of make believe because the real world is clearly too abhorrent for them to contemplate! In reality they’re continual denial assist’s nuclear proliferation because they shade national focus from reality? I can Remember 20 years ago all the ‘oh no its myth’ about the South Africans capability! When the world finally woke up and stopped listening to the fools whom claims it was all a myth, South Africa had an effective nuclear missile capability furthermore still does.

ledzeppelin - 05:49am Aug 11, 2001 EST (#7846 of 7905)

August 11, 2001

N. Korea's Kim Visits Siberia By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 5:35 a.m. ET

MOSCOW (AP) -- Kim Jong Il, North Korea's reclusive leader, visited a renowned Russian nuclear research center Saturday during a stop in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk on his train journey home across Russia.

Kim visited the Budker Nuclear Physics Institute and its particle accelerator and a thermonuclear synthesis facility, the ITAR-Tass news agency and NTV television reported. No details were released of the visit, which was closed to journalists and surrounded by the intense security that has marked Kim's Russia trip.

It is just Kim's third foreign trip as leader of impoverished, communist North Korea.

Later, the leader was expected to visit the Chkalov Aircraft plant, which makes Su-34 attack planes, and the Siberian State Railroad Institute. Russian officials have shown interest in reviving a project to link the Trans-Siberian railway -- along which Kim is traveling -- with a proposed inter-Korea railway to handle trade from Asia to Europe.

Kim is to resume his journey home Sunday morning.

Kim left North Korea July 26 in a 21-car, Japanese-made train and wended his way across the Russian Far East and Siberia to Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After their summit a week ago, Kim and Putin released a Cold War-style manifesto pledging to renew strategic and economic ties and denouncing the United States for its missile defense program.

During a brief stop in Novosibirsk on his way to Moscow, Kim was expected to greet the family of a Russian serviceman who had reportedly saved the life of his father, longtime North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. However, Kim did not leave the train. Kim reportedly promised to meet the family on his way back.

lunarchick - 07:47pm Aug 11, 2001 EST (#7847 of 7905)

This at least gives the Russians an insight into Kim's return planning. The in trip had mayoral digniatries standing at each station he passed through - just incase KIM stopped. The entire Moscow commuter train system was also 'stopped' as the guy came in riding his bullet(proof) train .. much to the annoyance of Moscow city's population. He went on to visit St Petersburg. An NYT article noted that the palacial residences of that city are being revived and redesigned and refurbished by incoming westerners - who are employing the carpenters, masonary workers - and providing renewal with income - welcomed locally - Russians wanting to see St Petersburg upgraded and the grandeur and splendor of architecture both indoor and out maintained. Local families are rehoused out of these buildings as the western money flows in. joy.... "Science News Poetry" 8/9/01 12:58pm

lunarchick - 08:18pm Aug 11, 2001 EST (#7848 of 7905)

60 days Alaska Guardian (+ Bush London Photo Call)

lunarchick - 08:26pm Aug 11, 2001 EST (#7849 of 7905)

Trivia: Why New Zealand should run China yuehui.. "Chinese Politics" 8/6/01 12:23pm
Guardian mouse-over Bwsh

lunarchick - 03:01am Aug 12, 2001 EST (#7850 of 7905)

'I want a culture of performance, not a culture of administration,' he said.

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