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Thursday, November 8, 1984
National and international news
from the Reuter News Report
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Reagan vams Moscow,
oays MiGo 4niiiiece8sa
WASHINGTON The United States has warned Moscow not
to deliver advanced warplanes to Nicaragua and U.S. intelli
gence is keeping watch on a Soviet freighter that could be
carrying MiG-21 fighters, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Miguel D'Escoto said that the
Soviet freighter arrived at the Nicaraguan port of Carinto
Wednesday and began unloading.
President Reagan told a Los Angeles press conference he
would not comment on what action the United States might
take if advanced warplanes were delivered to Nicaragua's lef
tist government. Reagan, speaking a day after his landslide
election victory, said such planes were "absolutely unneces
sary, and would be an indication they are contemplating being
a threat to their neighbors here in the Americas."
The frequent U.S. expressions of concern about the prospect
of MiG's in Nicaragua have led to speculation Washington
would act to knock them out if they were delivered.
D'Escoto told a news conference a U.S. warship cruised 12
miles offshore of Nicaragua and VJS. aircraft flew over the port
during the unloading of the freighter, which UiJ. officials have
said could be carrying Soviet MiG fighter planes. In Washing
ton, the Defense Department denied the report.
The Pentagon denied that VJS. ships and planes had violated
Nicaraguan territorial waters and airspace. A Pentagon official
said no ships were operating in Nicaraguan waters and none
had been. He added that one U.S. ship was sailing off the
western coast of Central America but was not inside Nicara
gua's territorial waters.
And D'Escoto said that although military equipment might
be in the cargo, it did not contain any type of combat plane and
did not represent any threat to the region's military balance.
The Nicaraguan minister said U.S. allegations about the deliv
ery of MiG's "are a smokescreen designed to mask what is really
happening in Nicaragua and are part of President Reagan's
pathological obsession with destroying the Nicaraguan revolu
tion." Winds postpone shuttle'o launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The National Aeronautics and
Space Administration abandoned Wednesday's launch of the
shuttle Discovery half an hour before liftoff because of violently
shifting winds high above the earth.
NASA officials rescheduled the liftoff of the 14th shuttle
flight on its eight-day satellite rescue mission for 7:15 am.
Thursday when they hoped the winds would be less turbulent.
The countdown had proceeded routinely and the weather
looked perfect. However, thousands effect up, a trough of low
pressure was moving through. It created 70 mph winds that
shifted rapidly from the northwest to the southwest Air Force
Capt. Arthur Thomas, weather officer for the shuttle mission,
said the rapidly switching winds could exert enormous torque
on the spacecraft, twisting or destabilizing it in midair.
Thomas held out the possibility that conditions might not be
acceptable by Thursday, but said continued improvement was
expected throughout the week.
The highlight of the mission is the retrieval of the Palapa and
Westax communications satellites that failed to go into their
proper orbits in February after being launched by Discovery's
sister ship, Challenger. The rescue operation is due to take
place on the fifth and seventh days of the mission, after two
more communications satellites have been placed in orbit.
Cutting farm policies top priority
WASHINGTON Reducing the cost of government farm
programs, which ballooned from $3 billion to $19 billion in the
last four years, will be one of the Reagan administration's first
attempts at cutting the federal budget in its second term,
administration officials said Wednesday.
President Reagan's landslide win, coupled with a growing
perception among farmers that the farm economy is ailing
because of the large federal deficit, will help the administration
tailor future farm programs to cost less, the officials said.
Agriculture Secretary John Block said the policies will become
more market-oriented. "Market-oriented means the govern
ment supports farm prices at lower levels, offers fewer pro
grams that pay farmers to leave their land unplanted and puts
more emphasis on exporting VS. farm goods, administration
As early as mid-January, the administration will get together
its recommendations for the new four-year farm bill that will
be debated in Congress during 1935.
etuclents found naked, guilty
i ' Gre.ece, Three American students Wednesday
?JltVen nmmaI Pron terms of 24 months each for "pro
votang a public scandal" after being found guilty of photo
graphing each other naked on the AcVopolis.
nZlXltAemf said thev ha seen the three strip com
h2 hln ? a Saturday evening. The three denied that they
eth of w ed' T1'Cy1sid that as a joke they had stood before
rpmitf cameras in poses as though they were about to
remove their trousers.
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