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8/2/2001  from AP and Reuters:
                        Gephardt Assails Bush Foreign Policy
                        By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer
                        Thursday August 2 11:53 AM ET
                        WASHINGTON (AP) - One-time presidential aspirant Rep.
                        Richard Gephardt, leader of the House's 210 Democrats,
                        assailed President Bush's foreign policy Wednesday as
                        one that worries allies in Europe and tries to dictate
                        missile-defense terms to Russia. ...
                        Gephardt Blasts Bush 'Go-It-Alone' Policies
                        By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent
                        Thursday August 2 1:39 PM ET
                        WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Democratic leader Richard
                        Gephardt accused President Bush on Thursday of a
                        ``go-it-alone'' approach to world affairs that has
                        worried allies, presented Russia with unwise
                        ``ultimatums'' and ultimately may imperil U.S. security.
                        Speaking to the Carnegie Endowment for International
                        Peace, Gephardt outlined a strategic framework for
                        dealing with Russia and emphasized the need for an
                        engaged and collaborative approach to international
                        problems with allies and other countries.
                        Gephardt, who recently returned from a trip to Europe
                        and Russia, said he would work to build a bipartisan
                        majority in the U.S. Congress that would block
                        deployment of a missile defense system that might
                        violate the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and
                        would look favorably on Russia's eventual membership in
                        NATO. ...

8/2/2001  from AP:
                        Rice Aims for New Russia Framework
                        By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer
                        Thursday August 2 6:11 PM ET
                        WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration will try to
                        work out a new strategic framework with Russia that
                        could include joint military exercises and sharing of
                        missile technology - provided Russia stops assisting
                        Iran and North Korea, White House National Security
                        Adviser Condoleezza Rice said Thursday. ...
                        ``We've set up intensive consultations,'' said Rice, who
                        held her own talks in Moscow after the Bush-Putin
                        meeting. ``We believe there is a new strategic framework
                        out there that permits missile defenses and involves
                        offensive reductions.''  ...
                        A new relationship, she said, could include the United
                        States and Russia sharing defense plans ``so they see
                        what the other side is doing,'' joint warning exercises
                        and sharing missile data, including permission for
                        Russia to purchase American equipment. ...

8/4/2001  from AP, BBC, Reuters:
                        Russia, N. Korea Leaders Renew Ties
                        By PAUL SHIN, Associated Press Writer
                        Saturday August 4 2:33 PM ET
                        MOSCOW (AP) - In an eerie echo of the Cold War, North
                        Korean leader Kim Jong Il and Russian President Vladimir
                        Putin embraced in the Kremlin on Saturday, pledged to
                        renew strategic ties and denounced the United States for
                        its missile defense program. At the end of summit talks,
                        the two leaders signed a manifesto calling for close
                        consultations on global issues and bilateral economic
                        cooperation. ...

                        Kremlin declaration denies missile threat
                        Saturday, 4 August, 2001, 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK
                        Russia and North Korea have signed a joint declaration
                        which states that Pyongyang's missile programme is not a
                        threat to countries which respect North Korean
                        sovereignty. ...
                        A Kremlin spokesman also said that Pyongyang had
                        confirmed its intention to observe a moratorium on
                        missile testing until 2003. ...
                        Russian-North Korean Declaration: Excerpts

                        N.Korea Seeks to Calm Missile Fears in Moscow
                        By Daniel Mclaughlin

8/20/2001  from The New York Times:
                        Global Arms Sales Rise Again, and the U.S. Leads the Pack
                        By THOM SHANKER
                        August 20, 2001
                        WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 - International arms sales grew 8
                        percent last year, to nearly $36.9 billion, with the
                        United States further consolidating its stature as the
                        supplier of choice, especially in developing countries,
                        according to a new Congressional report.
                        American manufacturers signed contracts for just under
                        $18.6 billion, or about half of all weapons sold on the
                        world market during 2000, with 68 percent of the
                        American weapons bought by developing countries.
                        Russia followed, with $7.7 billion in sales, then France
                        with $4.1 billion, Germany with $1.1 billion, Britain
                        with $600 million, China with $400 million and Italy
                        with $100 million. ...

8/21/2001  from The New York Times:
                        U.S. Balks on Plan to Take Plutonium Out of Warheads
                        By MATTHEW L. WALD
                        WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 - A program conceived by the Clinton
                        administration to rid the world of 100 tons of American
                        and Russian weapons-grade plutonium is likely to be
                        abandoned by the Bush administration, according to
                        people who have been briefed about the project.
                        Under the plan, which was first proposed in the
                        mid-90's, 50 tons of American plutonium and 50 tons of
                        Russian plutonium would be taken out of nuclear weapons
                        and either converted into fuel for nuclear reactors or
                        rendered useless for weapons by mixing it with with
                        highly radioactive nuclear waste, a process known as
                        When the plan was drafted, Clinton administration
                        officials said the program would reduce the risk that
                        the plutonium would fall into the wrong hands, where it
                        could easily be turned into weapons.
                        By reducing the availability of weapons-grade plutonium,
                        the project had the added benefit of bolstering treaties
                        between the United States and Russia to cut the number
                        of nuclear warheads deployed by each side, by making it
                        harder to turn plutonium from decommissioned weapons
                        back into warheads. ...
                        Early this year the Energy Department predicted a cost
                        of $6.6 billion, about triple the initial estimates, to
                        convert the American stocks to fuel for civilian nuclear
                        reactors. It put Russia's cost at $1.76 billion, which
                        is money Russia does not have. ...

8/22/2001  from The New York Times:
                        U.S. Sets Deadline for Settlement of ABM Argument
                        By PATRICK E. TYLER
                        August 22, 2001

                        MOSCOW, Aug. 21 - A senior Bush administration official
                        said today that the United States had given Russia an
                        unofficial deadline of November to agree to changes in
                        the Antiballistic Missile Treaty or face a unilateral
                        American withdrawal from the arms control accord.
                        Speaking in an interview on Russian radio that will be
                        aired on Wednesday evening, the official, John R.
                        Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control and
                        international security, said after two days of talks
                        with Russian officials that the United States plans to
                        resolve its strategy for withdrawing from the treaty
                        before Russia's president, Vladimir V. Putin, visits Mr.
                        Bush this fall. ...

8/23/2001  from The New York Times:
                        Bush Is Said to Pick General in Air Force to Lead Military
                        By FRANK BRUNI
                        August 23, 2001

                        CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 22 - Administration officials said
                        today that they expected President Bush to nominate Gen.
                        Richard B. Myers, a former head of the Air Force's space
                        command, as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ...
                        the nomination of General Myers would signal the
                        commitment that Mr. Bush and Donald H. Rumsfeld, the
                        secretary of defense, have toward a space-based missile
                        defense shield. ...
                        Michael O'Hanlon, a military affairs expert at the
                        Brookings Institution in Washington, said General
                        Myers's work with the space command made him an
                        understandable choice "for an administration thinking
                        about military uses of space and missile defense." ...

8/23/2001  from Reuters:
                        Bush Says U.S. to Quit Arms Pact on 'Our Timetable'
                        By Patricia Wilson
                        Thursday August 23 2:04 PM ET
                        CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush flatly
                        declared on Thursday that the United States would
                        withdraw ``on our timetable'' from the 1972
                        Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, a long-standing
                        cornerstone of arms control.
                        In one of his most explicit statements on the issue,
                        Bush told reporters the accord hampered U.S. ability to
                        keep the peace because it prohibited deployment of a
                        missile defense shield. He said he had made that clear
                        to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
                        ``We will withdraw from the ABM treaty on our
                        timetable,'' Bush said. ``I have no specific timetable
                        in mind.'' ...

8/23/2001  from The Moscow Times:
                        Keep Deterrence
                        By Pavel Felgenhauer
                        Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001. Page 6
                        " ... Rumsfeld also told reporters that he did not come
                        to Moscow to "bargain" and that Washington is not
                        offering Moscow anything for a tacit agreement to allow
                        the United States to build a limited missile defense
                        shield. American strategic offensive nuclear weapons
                        will be cut back anyway - no matter what Russia says or
                        does - and there will be no treaties whatsoever to
                        control how many nukes the Unite States will have.
                          ... The Russian military and most of the elite see the
                        West as the worst potential military threat to this
                        nation. Nuclear deterrence is seen as the best way to
                        constrain the threat, while the balance is stabilized by
                        arms control treaties. Hardly any Russian leader (even
                        Putin) can today risk even tacitly supporting U.S.
                        attempts to scrap arms control."

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