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SThe Michigan Daily - Friday, March 13, 1998 NATION/WORLD -
North Korea announces military move

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BEIJING (AP) - North Korea
aid early this morning that it was
ntering a state of "wartime mobi-
ization" for nationwide military
xercises, according to foreign aid
fficials and reporters based in the
:apital, Pyongyang.
The mobilization was imposed late
esterday for the war games, which
,ere being held out of concern over
rowing foreign military threats,
ihina's state-run news agency, Xinhua,
uoted north Korean Deputy Foreign
dinister Li In Gyu as saying this morn-
ig in Pyongyang.
In comments to foreign diplomats, Li
cused the United States, Japan and
south Korea of exploiting the econom-

ic crisis in North Korea to plot against
it, said the report, which did not provide
further details.
An international aid worker based in
Pyongyang said the maneuvers were
not unusual, and that North Korea had
been staging military exercises for
almost two weeks.
He said there was no obvious
increase in the military presence in
Pyongyang and that no curfew had been
North Korea's economy has been in a
free fall and the country has had to turn
to the international community for help
in battling famine because of waning
harvests worsened by floods and

Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Li In
Gyu accused the [United States, Japan
and South Korea of exploiting the
economic crisis in North Korea.

The reports of mobilization followed
unconfirmed rumors of troop move-
ments and possible armed clashes in
Pyongyang, but they did not cause
immediate alarm in rival South Korea.
South Korea's Defense Ministry this
morning denied that North Korea had
launched a wartime alert, saying the
North's activities appeared to be a stan-

dard military exercise.
The reported mobilization follows an
incident early yesterday when South
Korean soldiers fired warning shots
toward North Korean soldiers, who
apparently crossed the heavily-guarded
demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating
the two countries, according to the
Defense Ministry.

Lindsey testifies before grand jury
WASHINGTON - Presidential confidant Bruce Lindsey returned to the gran
jury investigating the Monica Lewinsky matter yesterday for his third day of test
mony - an appearance that may help set the stage for a constitutional battle ov
President Clinton's ability to protect the secrecy of his discussions with advisers.
Lindsey, a White House deputy counsel and longtime Clinton friend f
Arkansas, has played an important role at several points in the Lewinsky saga and
declined to answer questions at the grand jury about his conversations with the pres
dent. Lawyers are compiling a record of which matters Lindsey considers confide
tial in preparation for a court fight over the reach of Clinton's executive privilege.
As he departed from the courthouse after about 2 1/2 hours before the gran
jury, Lindsey would not discuss his testimony or whether the privilege issue cam
up. "You know we aren't talking about that," he told reporters.
The grand jury yesterday also heard again from White House steward Baya
Nelvis, who works in the pantry adjacent to the Oval Office and befriende
Lewinsky when she worked at the White House as an intern and later as a corrt
spondence clerk. While testimony continued on one floor, the federal judge vh
oversees the grand jury, Norma Holloway Johnson, heard arguments on ano
about Clinton's complaint that independent counsel Kenneth Starr's office has ill
gaily leaked grand jury information to the news media.

Cancer cases
decline nationally
WASHINGTON - For the first time
in nearly 20 years, the incidence of all
cancers combined, and most of the lead-
ing types of cancer, declined between
1990-95 in the United States, and death
rates from the disease also decreased,
health officials announced yesterday.
The drop in the rate of new cases
represents a reversal of a discouraging
trend of escalating cancer incidence
over nearly two decades, while the
decline in the death rate sustains a turn
around noted for the first time last year.
Moreover, preliminary findings from
1996 show that declines in both inci-
dence and death rates are continuing,
officials said.
"The chances of getting cancer are
declining, and the chances of dying from
cancer are declining even faster,' said
Dr. James Marks, an official at the
Centers for Disease Control and
Describing cancer as "one of the most
feared diseases, and rightfully so,"

Marks said that with the new statistic
"the burden of fear should begin to lift
Stressing that "behind the numbers a
peoples' lives," Dr. Richard Klausne
director of the National Cancer Institul
said that in 1995 alone, the trends nm
25,000 to 30,000 fewer cancer de
and 70,000 fewer new cancer cases.:
Children of working
parents stll poor
national economy has drawn millions
poor parents off of welfare and into jot
but many children still live in pover
according to an assessment of the Is
youngest poor released yesterday.
In 1996, the most recent year f
which data are available, 5.5 million ch
dren lived in poverty across the natic
and 63 percent of them lived in famili
with at least one working parent, accor
ing to Columbia University's respecti
National Center for Children in Povert
The number of poor children h
declined since peaking at 6.4 million
1993. 1

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Mllions granted
amnesty in S. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea - President
Kim Dae-jung, himself once impris-
oned for his political beliefs, granted
amnesty early this morning to some 5
million South Koreans, including six
elderly political prisoners.
But the country's leading civil rights
organization, Minkahyup, criticized the
action as inadequate, noting that most
of those affected were traffic offenders
and petty criminals.
Minkahyup had urged the president
to release some 500 inmates it
describes as "prisoners of conscience,"
including 23 long-term political prison-
But only 12 political prisoners were
released, including six the Justice
Ministry said were being freed because
they are 70 years old or older. All six
had been serving life terms and human
rights groups said all had been subject-
ed to torture, some for decades.
While the vast majority of those
affected by the amnesty simply had
their records wiped clean of traffic and

other minor offenses, 2,304 priso
inmates being held for more serio
crimes also were freed.
Mexican massacre*
planned in advance
MEXICO CITY - A pro-goverr
ment vigilante group plotted an attack o
the hamlet of Acteal for more than tw
months before gunning down 45 peopl
there, the Mexico attorney general
office said yesterday.
In a preliminary report on the ma
sacre in the southern state of Chiapa
agency said some state police office
apparently helped the attackers by .ian
porting automatic weapons in polic
The report indicates the conspiracy I
carry out the massacre was broader an
began earlier than officials had said.
More than 150 arrest orders have bee
issued in the Dec. 22 slayings in Actea
according to a the report, read at a new
conference by Deputy Attorney Genera
Jose Luis Ramos Rivera. He said 4o
of those sought remain at large.
- Compiled from Daily wire report


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