Bush View of Economy Before Climate Provokes Alarm

World leaders stepped up pressure on the United States on Friday to honor a 1997 treaty to combat global warming.

Published: 30-Mar-2001

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - World leaders stepped up pressure on the United States on Friday to honor a 1997 treaty to combat global warming after President Bush insisted the economy of a superpower must come first.

In a new diplomatic initiative, the European Union said it was sending a mission to Russia, China, Iran and Japan -- where the treaty was signed in the city of Kyoto -- to gauge support for the pact after Bush's rejection of it two days ago.

Belgium's Energy Minister Olivier Deleuze said the April 6-11 mission would follow emergency talks between EU envoys and White House officials in Washington on Tuesday, where the EU hopes to bring the United States back on board.

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