WORLD : Could Seek 2nd Term--Waldheim

<i> From Times wire services </i>

President Kurt Waldheim today dismissed suggestions that Austria has suffered international isolation during his presidency and said he does not rule out running for a second term.

“I have made more trips in 2 1/2 years than my predecessor,” Waldheim said in an interview with Austrian radio during a visit to the Persian Gulf and Cyprus.

Waldheim, elected in 1986, has been shunned by other Western leaders because of controversy over his wartime service with Hitler’s army. Asked whether he thinks he will eventually be invited to visit Western countries, Waldheim said: “That will come. . . . I am in the middle of my term. I have 3 1/2 years to serve and I can still make many such trips.”