News in Brief: Symposium Examines Reunification of Koreas

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A UC Berkeley symposium Saturday brought together international experts on Korean politics to discuss the feasibility of reunifying North and South Korea.

Among the symposium's speakers were three North Korean diplomats to the United Nations who were given special permission from the U.S. State Department to speak at the university, according to a statement from UC Berkeley's Committee for Korea Studies.

Jai Song Nam, one of the North Korean diplomats, called for a peaceful reunification of the two countries without foreign intervention.

"The mentality of dependence on outside forces should be rejected because it will inevitably lead to Korean distrust and confrontation," he said.

But Leon Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, said U.S. involvement in negotiating with North and South Korea has been crucial in facilitating a peaceful relationship between the countries.

Ben Barron and Emma Schwartz

Police Car Hits Cyclist

In South Berkeley

A Berkeley police officer, driving to an attempted suicide, struck and injured a man riding a bike in South Berkeley Friday.

The male cyclist sustained minor injuries shortly before 3:43 p.m. after colliding with the police car on Carleton Street at San Pablo Avenue, the California Highway Patrol said.

The cyclist was crossing Carleton northbound when the accident occurred, said CHP Sgt. L.D. White. The cause of the accident had not been determined Friday.

The Berkeley police officer, who was not named, was responding Code 3-with full lights and sirens-to a suicide attempt on Addison Street, said Berkeley police Sgt. Tom Curtin. Curtin, a patrol supervisor, said he was withholding judgment until the CHP released its findings.

The accident was the second time in less than three weeks that a Berkeley police car struck a cyclist. A young girl was seriously injured in a Sept. 21 collision involving a police lieutenant.

Nate Tabak

Two Wounded in Random Pellet Gun Shootings

A pellet gun shooting spree in South Berkeley last night left two people wounded, police said.

The first victim, who was shot in the head near the intersection of Ashby and College avenues about 6:10 p.m., was treated at Highland Hospital.

About 20 minutes later, another man was shot in the ear near the intersection of Dwight Way and McGee Avenue. He declined medical treatment.

Both crimes appear to be random and the work of a single male shooter from a black sport utility vehicle, said Berkeley police Lt. Bud Stone.

Stone said the victims' injuries were both relatively minor. The first victim was taken to Highland Hospital on concerns that his wound might be that of a bullet.

Pellets, if shot from a powerful gun or close range, can cause very serious injuries, Stone said.

No arrests have been made.

Nate Tabak

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