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Business 01 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Global markets to be driven by geopolitics in short term

The first part yesterday of the roundtable discussions dwelt on the KLSE#8217;s lacklustre performance for 2002, and the factors contributing to its weakness. The concluding part talks about the market#8217;s probable outlook for this year, given the looming prospect of war in Iraq.

AseanPlus News 01 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

N.Korea's nuclear complex off limits to world

North Korea#8217;s nuclear complex capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium was shut off from outside monitoring yesterday as the United States warned the impoverished country faced further isolation over its nuclear ambitions.

AseanPlus News 01 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Be ready for war, S. Korean armed forces told

South Korean Defence Minister Lee Jun called on the nation's military yesterday to maintain readiness for a possible confrontation with North Korea amid mounting tension over the Stalinist state's nuclear ambitions.

AseanPlus News 02 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Pyongyang vows to confront Washington

B>SEOUL:/BShowing no willingness to ease tensions over its nuclear weapons programme, North Korea vowed yesterday to build an army-based #8220;powerful nation#8221; and defy pressure from the United States.

AseanPlus News 02 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

North Korea looks to South for backing

B>SEOUL: /B>Seeing an opportunity in widespread anti-American sentiment in South Korea, North Korea urged the South yesterday to prevent war by backing the North in its confrontation with the United States over nuclear weapons development.

Business 03 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

US economy begins 2003 on fretful note

As it did a year ago, the US economy has entered 2003 in a fretful state.

AseanPlus News 03 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

S. Korea trying to defuse tension

B>SEOUL:/BSouth Korea promised to step up efforts to defuse tension over North Korea#8217;s nuclear programme yesterday amid a flurry of international diplomacy involving the United States and other regional powers.

AseanPlus News 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

N. Korea wants talks with US

North Korea said yesterday it was willing to discuss its nuclear programme with the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but insisted a non-aggression pact was the only way to defuse the crisis.

AseanPlus News 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

S. Koreans side with North in blasting latest Bond flick

Deadly space laser aside, some South Koreans are finding another aspect of the latest James Bond flick hard to swallow #8211; its depiction of neighbouring North Korea as a diabolically evil regime and the whole Korean peninsula as a backward underling to Western saviours.

Business 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Asia's export worries

The gloom surrounding Asia#8217;s export-driven countries as they deal with worries about a slowing US economy and fears of war in Iraq have disguised an important factor #8211; their exports have actually been strong.