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Bush fails
to garner
from U.N.
members on the U.N. Security Council
said yesterday that the United States
had so far failed to convince them that
time had run out for a peaceful resolu-
tion to the crisis with Iraq.
At a crucial council meeting a day
after President Bush's State of the
Union speech, 11 of the 15 members
supported giving more time to
weapons inspectors to pursue Iraq's
peaceful disarmament - France, Rus-
sia and China who all have veto power
as well as Germany, Mexico, Chile,
Guinea, Cameroon, Syria, Angola and
Pakistan, council diplomats told The
Associated Press.
Only Bulgaria and Spain backed
the United States and Britain in
focusing on Iraq's failures rather than
continued inspections.
In Washington, White House
spokesman Ari Fleischer said diplo-
macy was in its "final phase," and
Secretary of State Colin Powell said
the United States would try to help
find a haven for Saddam Hussein, his
family and close aides if he would
agree to go into exile.
"That would be one way to try to
avoid war," Powell, who will address
the Security Council next Wednesday,
said at a news conference.
However, State Department officials
said an exile scenario was not under
serious consideration.
At the daylong Security Council
meeting, which was held behind closed
doors, Britain remained squarely in
Washington's camp.
"There are members of the council
who are asking for time, but it isn't a
matter of time. It's a matter of
whether Iraq realizes that the game is
up, or whether it is trying to keep the
inspectors at bay," British Ambas-
sador Jeremy Greenstock said during
a break in the meeting.
U.S. diplomats had hoped yester-
day's council meeting would signal
increased international support for
military action in Iraq. But neither the
largely negative reports from weapons
inspectors this week nor Bush's
address altrpd the psitions of so*,
of America's key allies, including
"The majority of the council thinks
we should continue inspections," said
lrencli mbassador Jean-I'4arc deta
Sabliere. "This is what they think today,
and I think it is important to say so."
Still, U.S. Ambassador John Negro-
ponte warned that the "diplomatic
window is closing," for the council
and ''the time for decision-making is
fast approaching."
He said the United States would
conduct intense negotiations, both at
the United Nations and between capi-
tals, ahead of the special Feb. 5 council
meeting where Powell is expected to
present evidence of Iraq's secret
weapons programs and links to terror-
ist groups.
N. Korea
reacts to

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -
North Korea accused the United
States yesterday of adopting a "ser-
pent" strategy to strangle the com-
munist country after President Bush
warned it would suffer isolation and
economic hardship unless it aban-
dons its nuclear ambitions.
Meanwhile, a South Korean presi-
dential envoy returned from
Pyongyang and said North Korean
negotiators reaffirmed the dispute over
their country's nuclear activity can only
be solved through direct dialogue with
the United States.
The envoy, Lim Dong-won,
returned to Seoul after waiting in
vain to meet North Korean leader
Kim Jong Il.
Lim ruled out any quick solution
to the nuclear dispute, saying it will
be "a very long and gradual
In Washington, Bush said in his
State of the Union speech, heard in
Asia early yesterday that the United.
States and other countries would not be
"blackmailed" into granting conces-
sions to North Korea by its nuclear
weapons development.
North Korea did not respond


Sharon refuses peace talks with Arafat
A day after his election victory, Ariel Sharon yesterday rebuffed an offer by
Yasser Arafat to resume peace talks - an indication the Israeli prime minister
will stick to his tough policies in his second term.
In Tuesday's yote, Sharon won a ringing endorsement for his military crack-
down on the Palestinians, and his right-wing supporters want to see him take an
even tougher line. However, an Israeli government dominated by hawks could
lead to, friction with the United States.
The composition of Sharon's coalition will shape the next round of the Mideast
If he builds a right-wing coalition with his natural allies, he'll find himself sur-
rounded by Cabinet ministers advocating explosive measures such as sending
Arafat into exile.
If he persuades moderate and centrist parties to join him, the debate could shift
to a US.-backed peace proposal that calls on Israel to make such concessions as
freezing the growth of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza and agree-
ing to an eventual Palestinian state in those areas.
Commenting for the first time on the Israeli vote, Arafat said yesterday that he
was ready to resume peace talks.
Budget office predicts $199 billion deficit
This year's federal deficit will soar to $199 billion even without President Bush's
new tax cut plan or war against Iraq, the Congressional Budget Office said yester-
day in a report that cast doubt on chances for balancing the budget anytime soon.
The nonpartisan budget office projected that without action on any tax or
spending initiatives - which no one considers realistic - small annual
surpluses would not return until 2007, a year later than the office predicted
in August.
In perhaps the starkest depiction of how rapidly the government's long-range
outlook has eroded, the budget office said yesterday that it envisioned a cumula-
tive $20 billion surplus over the decade that began last year. In May 2001, the
office projected an unprecedented $5.6 trillion surplus for that same period.
The bleak forecast further inflamed this year's budget fight between Bush and
congressional Democrats, who accuse each other of speeding the downward spiral
of the government's books.
Bush wants more tax cuts and spending restraint, while Democrats prefer high-
er spending and smaller tax reductions.

2 killed, 37 injured
in plant explosion
An explosion followed by a raging
fire demolished a plastics factory yes-
terday, killing at least two people and
injuring at least 27. As many as six oth-
ers were feared trapped in the burning
ruins, which sent black, acrid smoke
billowing over the countryside.
Six hours after the thunderous blast,
Gov. Mike Easley said two deaths had
been confirmed and six people were
still missing. Earlier, a hospital spokes-
woman had said as many as eight were
feared dead.
The cause of the blast at the West
Pharmaceutical plant was not immedi-
ately known. ~<
The factory, which made syringe
plungers and IV supplies, had been
cited for numerous safety violations
last fall.
Sampson Heath said the explosion on'
the other side of the factory sent a
plume of fire toward his work station
and knocked him off his feet.

commercial capital of Abidjan, demand-
ing that Washington press President Lau-
rent Gbagbo to back out of the deal.
The accord, brokered by France dur-
ing two weeks of talks that ended Fri-
day, seeks to end four months of
fighting that.saw rebels seize the north-
ern half of the nation, the world's lead-
ing cocoa producer and a vital
economic hub in West Africa.
Ivory Coast's security forces are
unhappy with unconfirmed provisions
that would give the rebels control of the
military and paramilitary police.
Schools hire parents
to fight truancy
Jennifer Jones doesn'ttake;-any
guff. Not from her own kids, not
from the ones in the neighborhood,
and especially not from the ones she
sees goofing off on the subway or at
the 'mall when they should be in
Jones, 42, is one of 250 truant offi-
cers hired by the Philadelphia school
district this year to get thousands of


ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast truants back to class.
- a rIt is no accident that Jones is
Loyalists angered parent of two school-age childre
over peace deal The district is specifically recruitin
Ivory Coast's army said Tuesday it "Parents know the terrain, kno
opposed a new peace deal with rebel the environment, understand the cu
forces while ethnic clashes reportedly ture and may even know some of tI
killed 10 people, new signs that loyalist individual parents and kids," sai
anger over the accord was spinning out Paul Vallas, chief executive of th
of the government's control. 200,000-student school system.
Thousands of government loyalists
surrounded the U.S. Embassy in the - Compiled from Daily wire report
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