Iran is coming so close to the development of a nuclear weapon that Israel has a year left to preempt an attack, the latter's former intelligence chief said Sunday. Shabtai Shavit told Britain's Sunday Telegraph, "What's left is a military action" if diplomacy and sanctions against Iran don't work. Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki said he believes Israel is in no position to attack the widely dispersed nuclear facilities, and Iran's Revolutionary Guard commander said an Israeli or US attack will cause the Islamic republic to "impose control" over oil shipping in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.Skip to next paragraph
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Hundreds of South Koreans were hurt Sunday at another protest in Seoul over the resumption of beef imports from the US. Ignoring assurances by visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over the health of American cattle, the protesters fought police with steel pipes and rocks. The latter retaliated with water cannon. The use of tear gas has been banned in South Korea since 1999, but the Justice Ministry said police may have no choice but to resort to it if such clashes continue.
Three people were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir over the weekend as police fired live ammunition and tear gas to quell protests by Muslims over the transfer of land to a Hindu trust. The demonstrations, now a week old, caused the People's Democratic Party, a partner in the state coalition government, to withdraw its support. The protests will continue, organizers vowed, until "we achieve freedom from Indian domination."
Defying Kosovo's declaration of independence and its UN administrators, Serb leaders formed their own parliament Sunday. A spokesman said of the move, "We will not allow the formation of another Albanian state in this part of Europe." The assembly will have no power, but analysts said it almost certainly will increase tensions between the Serb minority and ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of the population.