Undated (AP) _ ''I think one has to look at why a nation of 3 million people would want to have 600,000 people under arms.'' - National security adviser Lt. Gen. Colin Powell, commenting on reports that Nicaragua plans a defense buildup to that level.

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''This is a proposal of the army for the government, but it has not been accepted by the government of Nicaragua.'' - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, commenting on Nicaragua's reported plans for a military buildup.

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''Since neutral opinion polls and influential international news media identify me as the front-runner, I demand for the first time that candidate Kim Dae-jung concede and drop out.'' - Korean opposition leader Kim Young-sam, calling on his rival to withdraw from Wednesday's election amid government claims it was pulling ahead.