Israel's battles against Hamas fighters in Gaza and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon-- are already forcing summit participants off their scripts.
Split Over Israel
Bush, while urging Israel not to weaken Lebanon's government, said yesterday that the Jewish state ``has a right to defend herself'' against attacks by terrorists. A Russian foreign ministry statement accused Israel of using ``disproportionate'' force against its enemies, and a similar condemnation was issued by the European Union.
Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will try to rally the leaders behind Tokyo's call for a strong response to North Korea's recent test of a nuclear-capable long- range missile. Japan has been at the forefront of a United Nations drive for stringent sanctions on Pyongyang, an effort that has encountered resistance from China and Russia.
On Iran, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is backing Bush in support of economic penalties meant to pressure Iran into giving up nuclear-weapons ambitions. Russia and China this week said they would consider economic and diplomatic sanctions, while resisting any threat of military action.
Russia, along with China, has resisted a U.S. call to threaten the two nations with penalties for not complying with UN demands.
Russia is helping Iran build an $800 million civilian nuclear reactor. . According to Ministry of Atomic Energy figures, Russia could earn $20 billion by importing 20,000 tons of spent fuel under the nuclear cooperation pact. http://www.bloomberg...sCfo&refer=home