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  • U.S. urges NATO-aspirant Ukraine to secure its missile technology
  • Turkey’s military names new chief of staff-media


  • Croatian prime minister calls on Yugoslavia to remove army from the border


  • Iraq asks UN arms inspector to Baghdad for talks
  • Bush ‘furious’ at American deaths in Israel bomb






  • The United States is urging Ukraine to put more safeguards around its missile technology or risk having security concerns hurt its bid to join NATO. A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Thursday that delegations from countries such as Iran and Iraq have visited Ukraine, seeking meetings with those harboring the technology. The United States has told Ukraine that how it handles its controls over sensitive technologies could become a factor in whether Ukraine is invited to join NATO, the official said. The official defined sensitive technologies as precision instruments, sensitive steel, gyroscopes and the knowledge of individuals who worked with nuclear material. State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said the United States is particularly attentive to all proliferation matters right now, especially those that involve technology transfers. "It’s ... certainly a subject that we discussed with many countries, including Ukraine," Reeker said. The United States has no evidence that Ukraine has transferred technology to Iraq, the official said, but is awaiting the results of an investigation, promised by President Leonid Kuchma, into the practices of those who trade with Iraq.(AP 012032 Aug 02 GMT)


  • The next chief of Turkey’s influential military will be land forces’ commander General Hilmi Ozkok, Turkish media reported on Thursday. The incoming chief of the general staff may command Turkey’s armed forces, the second largest in NATO, during a possible U.S. military operation against southern neighbor Iraq. He will also oversee the operations of an international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, which Turkey currently commands. Newspapers added Ozkok would replace General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, who is retiring. There was no official confirmation of the reports but a formal statement is expected after a meeting of the top brass to discuss appointments on Friday.(Reuters 1244 Aug 02 GMT)




  • Following a weekend incident in which the Yugoslav army fired at Croats near a disputed border river island, Croatian Prime Minister on Thursday called on Yugoslavia to pull the army out of the area. "The army at the border and saber rattling is not a solution for a country that wants to have good relations with its neighbors," Racan said. Yugoslavia can contribute to better relations between the two countries by "withdrawing its army from the border and demilitarizing the area," he said.(AP 011438 Aug 02 GMT)





  • Iraq on Thursday invited the chief UN weapons inspector to Baghdad for technical talks, saying it could lead to a return of the arms inspectors after a 3-1/2 year hiatus. Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri, in a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said the chief UN arms inspector, Hans Blix, was welcome to discuss outstanding disarmament issues "at the earliest agreed upon time." Sabri, however, stressed that Blix and his experts should conduct a "comprehensive review" to assess the degree of Iraqi weapons compliance. Blix has said he could not do this until the inspectors were on the ground and could ascertain what had happened since late 1998, when they were last in Iraq. "We believe that this review will be an important step towards the appropriate legal and technical assessment and treatment of the issues of disarmament and to establish a solid base for the next stage of monitoring and inspection activities," Sabri said in the letter, according to an unofficial translation obtained by Reuters.(Reuters 0101 Aug 02 GMT)


  • President Bush said on Thursday he was "furious" over American deaths in a Palestinian bombing in Israel, while he and Jordan’s King Abdullah disagreed on how to deal with Iraq. "I’m just as angry as Israel is right now," Bush told reporters in the Oval Office as he sat down for talks with Abdullah a day after a bombing at a Jerusalem university cafeteria killed seven people, including five Americans. "I’m furious that innocent life was lost. However, through my fury, even though I am mad, I still believe peace is possible." Bush gave no indication that the United States would engage in any retaliation against the militant group that claimed responsibility for the attack, Hamas, while noting that Israel has a right to defend itself.(Reuters 2048 Aug 02 GMT)










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