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U.S. and South Korea

agree on troop withdrawl

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Defense
Secretary Dick Cheney and South Korean of-
ficials agreed Yesterday to the withdrawal of
several thousand U.S. troops over the next
three years as Korea "takes the lead" in its
own defense.
Cheney, on the first leg of an Asian-Pa-
cific tour also taking him to the Philippines
and Japan, said the troop reductions would
not be done "precipitously" and pledged to
keep U.S. soldiers based here as long as the
Korean people want them.
"We aren't going to move precipi-

tously... our commitment remains strong,"
Cheney said at a news conference. " The
threat remains undiminished."
U.S. officials said Cheney told the South
Koreans he wants to cut U.S. forces in Asia
and the Pacific by 10 to 12 percent, with
5,000 of the troops pulled out of South Ko-
rea and 7,000 to 9,400 leaving the Philip-
pines and Japan.
There are 120,000 troops based in the
three countries, including 43,000 in South
Korea.

Cheney and his South Korean counterpart
Lee Sang Hoon also pledged to move toward
handing over the command of the joint
U.S.- Korean military structure - now
held by a U.S. four-star general - to a Ko-
rean general, the two officials announced.-
The developments mark a major
change in the two allies' relationship and
may result in the most dramatic contraction
of the U.S. here since the end of the 1950-53
Korean War.
The Republic of Korea "can now do more
to provide for its own security," Cheney told

reporters.
The defense secretary said such steps were
made possible by South Korea's "spectacular
record" of economic growth. He said it also
was due in part to congressional pressure to
slash U.S. defense expenditures, particularly
overseas at a time of lessened superpower
tensions.
Lee said his government would also give
"positive consideration" to increasing its
support for the U.S. troops stationed here
under a 1954 mutual defense pact.

A U.S. official, who spoke on condition
he not be identified by name, said Cheney
wants Seoul to double its $300 million an-
nual contribution to the support of the U.S.
troops.,
The South Koreans at first "reacted with
horror" at the suggested troop pullout., be-
cause they believed it would be the first step
in a total withdrawal and would mean "the
American security blanket is gone, " he said.
But the official said that after a series of
discussions he believed the Korean officials
would accept the proposals.

D. C. Mayor indict

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mayor
Marion Barry was indicted Thursday
on three charges of perjury and five
counts of cocaine possession, ac-
cused of smoking crack cocaine and
lying repeatedly to a federal grand
jury questioning him about drug use.
His attorney said he would plead
innocent to all charges.
Barry was undergoing treatment
at a Florida substance abuse clinic
when the grand jury returned the in-
SUMMIT
Continued from page 1
heavily fortified naval base.
The helicopters rode fast and
hugged the terrain in what was de-
scribed as an evasionary tactic
against any attack. The presidential
chopper landed fast. It blew hats and
helmets off security guards spaced
around the parade grounds as a U.S.
counter - assault team looked on - its
members wearing casual slacks, polo
shirts and huge backpacks.
The U.S. security forces took
great measures to guard Bush in
light of a December report that
Colombian drug lords had taken a
$30 million contract on the presi-
dent's life and reports that surface-to-
air missiles had been acquired to
shoot down his plane.

dictment to a federal magistrate. He
enrolled in the clinic after his arrest
last month in what authorities say
was a videotaped hotel drug sting.
Only one of the charges stems
from that encounter between Barry
and Rasheeda Moore, an old friend
brought in by the FBI. The other
charges result from his association
with Charles Lewis, who has
pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.
The 14-month investigation has

d on eigh
focused on Barry's ties to Lewis.
Barry has told top political aides
he would abandon his hopes for a
fourth term, but sources close to the
mayor have said he would refrain
from making any quick public
statement about his political future
any time soon.
The mayor, who is being treated
for what an aide has described as
primarily an alcohol problem, has
turned the day-to-day operations of

t charges
the District of Columbia government
over to a top deputy.
In the face of rumors that have
dogged him the past several years,
Barry steadfastly denied ever using
drugs.
If convicted of a felony, the 53-
year-old mayor would be required te
resign, with city council chairman
David Clarke becoming acting
mayor.

oto

Withdrawn Perrier bottles
A worker at a Parisian supermarket removes cases of Perrier mineral
.Water bottles yesterday. The Perrier company continued to withdraw its
water from markets worldwide following the discovery of small amounts
rf Benzene in some bottles.

Drug summit meeting
Bolivian President Paz turns around towards photographers during a picture session before the start
of the drug summit meeting in Cartagena, Columbia, yesterday. Peruvian President Garcia, center left
side, Columbian President Barco, rear center, and U.S. President Bush, right center.

.... . .

*CITY
Continued from page 1
Coleman (D-1st Ward), a participant
in the city's delegation. "Literally
thousands of people will be watch-
ing the election."
a After their return from Nicaragua,
the delegation will compile two re-
ports on the election process. One
will focus on the Juigalpa elections
and will be composed by the Ann
Arbor representatives. The second
'ill be a joint statement issued
through the combined efforts of all
40 delegations.
"It will be a complete sister city
report which will integrate all of the
individual sister city reports," said
Kurt Bergren, one of the members of
the Ann Arbor delegation. Bergren

will spend a week in Gainesville,
Florida, after his return to the United
States to help author the combined
statement.
The report written in Florida will
be released nationwide - to mem-
bers of the U.S. Congress and to the
major news media, Bergren said.
Ann Arbor established Juigalpa
as its sister city in 1986, after voters
passed the "Peace in Central Amer-
ica" ballot proposal.
Tomorrow's trip marks the sixth
official time the delegation has gone
to Nicaragua. Gregory Fox, a mem-
ber of the Ann Arbor-Juigalpa Sister
City Committee, said the group
members do not receive any city
funding.
"We believe the 1990 election
will be a fair election," said Fox.

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