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8 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 10, 2006
. Korea stands
bymissile'tests

Japanese and
Australian leaders call for
U.N. Security Council to
take disciplinary action
CANBERRA, Australia (AP)
- North Korea's ambassador to
Australia warned yesterday that inter-
national attempts to halt his nation's
missile tests could lead to war.
In a letter to The Sunday Herald
Sun newspaper in the southern city
of Melbourne, Ambassador Chon
Jae Hong defended last week's mis-
sile launches as "routine military
exercises" aimed at increasing the
nation's "capacity for self-defense."
He said North Korean's missile pro-
gram and tests were key to keeping the
balance of force in northeast Asia.
"It is a lesson taught by history
and a stark reality of international
relations, proven by the Iraqi crisis,
that the upsetting of the balance of
force is bound to create instability
and spark even a war," Chon said.
North Korea "will have no option
but to take stronger physical actions
of other forms should any country
dare take issue with the exercises
and put pressure upon it," he added.
The tests have rattled the region
and beyond. One of the missiles
was believed capable of reaching
U.S. shores, while the others could
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North Korea stunned Tokyo ir
1998 by firing a missile over the
archipelago.
Australian Prime Minister John
Howard has condemned the sever
missile tests as provocative and
endorsed calls for the U.N. Security
Council to take action.
Japan has proposed a U.N. Secu-
rity Council resolution calling for
sanctions against Pyongyang's mis-
sile and weapons of mass destruc-
tion programs.
The United States, Britain and
France support it but the other twc
veto-empowered members of the coun-
cil, China and Russia, are opposed.
Diplomatic efforts to broker a
breakthrough gathered speed yester-
day, when Japanese Foreign Minis-
ter Taro Aso said Russia may abstair
from voting on the resolution, isolat-
ing China as the sole country voic-
ing opposition.
"China will be backed into a cor-
ner," Aso said on the TV Asahi morn-
ing talk show Sunday Project.
"It's only common sense not to
do that."
Nine of 15 votes on the Security Coun-
cil are needed to pass the resolution.
Supporters decided at a meeting
Friday afternoon not to call for a
vote over the weekend after some
council members asked for more

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TOP: Guests participate in a small group discussion during the Douglas Lake Summit on Scientific Integrity hosted by
the University's Biological Station in Pellston.
BOTTOM LEFT: During a tour of the UMBS, ecologist Peter Curtis explains the banker's approach he uses to create a
carbon budget and the methods employed by researchers at the UMBS to measure carbon storage in the forest. Cur-
tis has been working at the UMBS for the past 17 summers.

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Continued from Page 3
although refraining from "dumbing it down" may cause read-
ers to pick up a dictionary, readers might be thankful for the
learning experience.
Discussion group leaders addressed this philosophy of
son communication as well, but concerning the film industry. An
ollar. audience member asked about the accuracy of the recent Al
Gore documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."
Eric Sundquist, a United States Geological Survey senior
research scientist, said, "There are some oversimplifications.
There were no flat out falsities."
The film was a "very slick PR piece for Al Gore, whether he
is a candidate (for presidency) or not," Sundquist said. "It clearly
was constructed to feature Al Gore as a leader in his field."
Sundquist said the list of ways to protect the environment
find - highlighted in the film - does not come close to what
needs tobe done.
Taking the "make it simple" approach, Steven Bohlen,
president of Joint Oceanographic Institutions, said demand-

ing more action from the public than what was in the film
would be "too big a piece for people to bite off."
The summit ended with a tour of the UMBS facilities.
UMBS director Knute Nadelhoffer led the tour through the
forest, making stops to speak with Ecologist Peter Curtis and
researchers at work.
Curtis explained the banker's approach he uses to create a S
carbon budget. By measuring carbon production and loss in
the forest, researchers can determine the effects of climate
change on carbon dioxide levels.
In all,the UMBS covers about 10,000 acres of land surround-
ing Douglas Lake in Pellston - a small village at the northern
tip of the Lower Peninsula. The region has a diverse terrain,
with forests of pine, northern hardwoods and conifers in addi-
tion to fields and meadows, wetlands, rivers and streams.
More than 100 students and 15 to 20 faculty members live
in two-person cabins overlooking the lake. Over the summer,
students take two five-credit courses or one course in addition
to independent research.
The 12 courses offered for the summer term range from
"Environmental Writing and Great Lakes Literature" to "Biol-
ogy of Birds" to "Limnology: Fresh Water Ecology."

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