UNITED STATESUS Air Force units will be moved to Saudi Arabia to force Iraq to comply with a UN cease-fire resolution, a senior administration official traveling with President Bush aboard Air Force One said yesterday. NBC television news reported the development shortly before it was confirmed. US Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Gen. John Galvin, interviewed by NBC, said it was possible there could be renewed military action in the Gulf. The action is being prepared in response to recent events in Iraq in which UN inspection teams have been hindered and even threatened by Iraqi forces as they work to force Iraq to comply with the UN order, which calls for Iraq to disclose all nuclear, biological, chemical, and other weapons of mass destruction.... In the Senate confirmation hearings over President Bush's nomination of Robert Gates to head the CIA, Gates was questioned Tuesday on the scandal-ridden Bank of Credit and Commerce International. Gates testified that the CIA began investigating the bank in the fall of 19 84 at the request of the Treasury Department, but never told the Justice Department or other law enforcement authorities after uncovering illegal conduct by BCCI officials. Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D) of Arizona said he was amazed that Gates didn't think it was necessary to turn the information over to the Justice Department.... Seeking to prevent "thousands" of deaths and injuries, consumer groups Tuesday asked a federal district court in Washington, D.C., to ban the sale of all-terrain vehicles for childre n. Federal data show children under 16 account for 40 percent of the 1,748 deaths and 532,000 serious injuries attributed to ATVs since 1982.
UNITED NATIONS The UN General Assembly opened its 1991 session and admitted seven new members Tuesday before facing demands for change within the UN system to shift power away from the Soviet Union and the US. There was euphoria over the admission of North and South Korea, the South Pacific's Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia. The General Assembly admitted the seven states by acclamation on the recommendation of the Security Council, boosting t he UN membership to 166, the most since the organization was created in 1945.
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC North Korean leader Kim Il Sung is prepared for the first time to talk to South Korean President Roh Tae Woo, South Korea's domestic Yonhap news agency said yesterday, quoting a North Korean source. Seoul, which hopes its new UN membership will lead to a rapprochement between the two sides, said it had received no official word from North Korea on a proposed summit. Admission to the UN crowns three years of diplomatic footwork on the part of South Korea to take advantage of the thawing in the cold war in northeast Asia to court North Korea's wartime allies, the Soviet Union and China.