JUNICHIRO KOIZUMI, Japan's Prime Minister, on the controversy over his visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, which commemorates the country's military dead, including 14 Class-A war criminals
"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong. And 100,000 people paid with their lives."
GEORGE GALLOWAY, member of the British Parliament, to U.S. Republican Senator Norm Coleman during testimony before the Senate subcommittee investigating the U.N. oil-for-food scandal
"By now [North Korea] also has nuclear warheads and carrier missiles, which are targeted on the big cities of South Korea and Japan."
INTERNAL MEMO from the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, dated Feb. 16, 1976, part of a trove of declassified Soviet-era documents released last week by the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project
"Jerusalem is not theirs ... it is an open town that anybody can visit."
NAJIB RAZAK, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, after former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was turned away at the Israel-Jordan border on his way to Jerusalem
"If ... you have flashing lights and dancing girls on the fašade and next door to that you have banks and the banking and financial center, I'm not sure we will feel happy about it."
LEE HSIEN LOONG, Singapore's Prime Minister, on strict guidelines for two proposed casinos in the city-state. Las Vegas impresario Steve Wynn has accused the government of micromanaging bids to build the casinos
"If countries like Australia don't want to eat whales, fine. But they have no right to impose their value judgments on us."
JOJI MORISHITA, Japanese delegate to the International Whaling Commission. At its annual conference this week, pro-whaling Japan hopes to gain enough votes to relax a 20-year-old ban on the hunting of humpbacks and fins