Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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WORLD WASHINGTON N. Korea Agrees To Store Nuclear Fuel Rods Abroad

The United States has reached "essential agreement" with North Korea on removing nuclear fuel rods for safe storage outside that country, U.S. negotiator Robert L. Gallucci said Thursday.

The rods at the Yongbyon reactor complex contain enough plutonium to make five nuclear weapons. They will be exported to an unnamed safe location after the fuel is stabilized, Gallucci said. The U.S. also will resume shipment of heavy fuel oil for civilian energy use, Gallucci said. AP

***** RUSSIA 4 Top Security Officials Offer Their Resignations

Russia's top security officials offered to resign Thursday to try to offer a face-saving way out of the government's latest crisis with parliament.

Parliament has demanded the ouster of defense Minister Pavel Grachev, Interior Minister Viktor Yerin, Federal Security Service chief Sergei Stepashin and Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Yegorov as the price of the government's botched handling of a recent hostage crisis.

"Considering the harsh consequences of the tragedy . . . the leaders of security structures asked that their resignations be accepted," President Boris Yeltsin's press service said. Yeltsin will decide whether to accept the resignations on a case-by-case basis, it said. AP

***** VATICAN CITY Above Peter's Tomb, Pope And Patriarch Share Altar

Sharing the altar with the leader of the Orthodox church, Pope John Paul II appealed Thursday for unity among the two faiths after nearly a millennium apart.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I joined the pope on the flower-ringed altar above the tomb of St. …

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