Moscow — A Soviet delegate to the superpower arms talks lashed out Thursday at President Reagan’s “Star Wars” program and said he saw little indication progress would be made in the next negotiating session.

“The United States has not accepted our proposal to stop and reduce nuclear arms to the lowest possible level. I do not see any need for a ‘walk in the woods,’ ” said Yuli A. Kvitsinski, ambassador at large and the Soviet negotiator on space weapons at the talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kvitsinski, 48, headed the Soviet delegation to the 1982 Geneva arms control negotiations, which needed in November 1983 when the Soviets walked out over NATO’s deployment of U.S. made nuclear weapons in Western Europe.

Tokyo — Japan is likely to approve a North Korean request for permission to make direct flights between the two countries for next month’s University Games, Foreign Ministry officials said Thursday.

“We will review the request in a direction of approving it, but it is a matter to be studied after a formal request is filed,” said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.

He said no request had yet been made with the ministry.

Approval, if granted, will be unprecedented in the history of relations between Japan and cultural relations with the northern half of the Korean Peninsula.

Berlin — An unknown gang stabbed an antirevolutionary Iranian to death in a West Berlin subway in an attack police said Thursday may have been political.

Wednesday night, witnesses said a group of between 10 and 12 men who appeared to be from the Middle East attacked the 26yearold, unnamed victim in the subway station near the zoo and left him dead with stab wounds.

A 24 year old man with him was also badly hurt.

Police said the dead man was an active opponent of the fundamentalist’s Iranian government of Ayatol lah Khomeini and a member of the promonarchist organization of Iranian ex patriots called “Persepolis Berlin.”

Beirut, Lebanon — A judge Thursday charged five men with planning two suicide bombings that killed more than 120 people at the U.S. and Iraqi embassies in Beirut, and recommended the death penalty if they are convicted.

The investigating magistrate issued the _ indictments against three suspects arrested after a April 18, 1983, attack on the U.S. Embassy in west Beirut that killed more than 60 people. Also charged were two others after a Feb. 15, 1981, blast that killed 61 people at the Iraqi embassy, judicial sources said.

Bonn, West Germany — Air experts of seven leading industrial nations agreed Thursday on the need for new measures to combat hijacking, a West German diplomatic source said.

At the end of a closed two day meeting on air security, the experts decided to urge adoption worldwide of tightened ant hijack measures, the source said.


No communique was issued at the end of the meeting, which was so confidential that, the Wd to disclose where in Bonn the representatives of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Japan and West Germany were meeting.

The Foreign Ministry, which organized the meeting, said only that the experts had a thorough discussion on air safety and recent developments and would report to their governments on the results.

The diplomatic source said the experts would urge their governments to ask all countries to tighten security to prevent such hijackings as that of the TWA airliner last month.

Article extracted from this publication >>  August 2, 1985