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Congress moves into action
Committees prepare Iranian arms sale hearings
WASHINGTON Congressional leaders on Thursday
brushed aside President Reagan's defense of his secret sale
of arms to Iran, branding it a "mistake" that may very well
have violated the law.
As two congressional committees prepared for closed
door sessions with CIA Director William Casey, Republicans
and Democrats used nearly identical terms to criticize the
Reagan met with the House Democratic and GOP leaders
at the White House but had nothing further to say publicly,
following a Wednesday night news conference in which he
defended the sales as a "high-risk gamble" that at least
gained the release of three American hostages.
Jteagan's former national security adviser Robert McFar
lane, who delivered a planeload of weapons to Iran, issued a
statement taking responsiblity for "a serious error in judg
ment" in not realizing that the sale would have a damaging
effect on the national interest.
"The bottom line is that we should not even have a
perception of trading arms for hostages," said Senate Major
ity Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan.
After meeting with Reagan, House Majority Leader Jim
Wright, D-Texas, told reporters that the administration had
not complied with several laws requiring that Congress be
notified in a "timely" way of major transfers of arms.
"I think the law is uneauivocal." said Wright, who is in
line to become House speaker when the new Congress
convenes in January. 'The law commands (a) timely report
(to Congress)." ,
Asked whether the president had been well-advised by
Attorney General Edwin Meese to delay informing Congress,
Wright said, "If the attorney general says to the president
that he doesn't have to follow the law, that would have been
very bad advice indeed.
Legislators will be investigating whether Reagan comp
lied with several laws which could be applicable to the
U.S.-Iran negotiations and the shipment of what Reagan
says were defensive weapons.
Assembly condemn U.S. raids
UNITED NATIONS The general assembly voted 79-28 Thursday to
condemn last April's U.S. bombing raids on Libya as a violation of
There were 33 abstentions on the resolution, which was sponsored by 27
countries, mostly Arab and Soviet Bloc states.
In addition to condemning the April 15 U.S. bombing raids on Tripoli
and Benghazi, the resolution called on the United States "to refrain from
the use or threat of use of force" against Libya.
It also said Libya has the right to "appropriate compensation for the
material and human losses inflicted."
Responding for the United States on Wednesday, Sen. Larry Pressler
told the assembly the U.S. raids were carried out in legitimate self-defense
"to reduce Libya's ability to continue to commit unlawful aggression
through terrorist force against the United States and its nationals."
Boss's album to top music charts
NEW YORK Bruce Springsteen's live five-record set, which set off a
sales frenzy when it was released last week, will make its debut next week
on Billboard magazine's pop LP chart in the No. 1 spot.
It is the first time in 10 years that an album has premiered at the top of
the chart and the first time that a five-album set has been in Billboard's
Top 25, let alone No. 1.
The last album to hit the charts as No. 1 was Stevie Wonder's "Songs in
the Key of Life" in 1976.
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Khomeini denounces U.S. relations
NICOSIA, Cyprus Iran's revolu
tionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini on Thursday ruled out recon
ciliation with Washington and said any
Iranian officials who seek to improve
relations are "Satan-oriented."
"I never expected such things from
these people," Khomeini, 86, said in a
speech at his residence in north Teh
ran. His remarks were broadcast by
Tehran radio and monitored in Nicosia.
"This is a time when they should be
revolutionary leadership, in which
Western observers recently have re
ported deep divisions.
Without mentioning names, Khomeini
criticized Iranian leaders who publicly
have demonstrated flexibility towards
the United States in recent weeks. He
accused them of falling prey to propa
ganda from the White House, which he
called the "Black House."
President Reagan disclosed last week
that the United States had secret
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screaming at America. (But) they are diplomatic contacts with Iran over the have spoken of possible reconcili-
shoutinc at themselves." Khomeini past 18 months and delivered small
said in his first public comment on amounts of defensive weapons in a bid
contacts between Washington and to improve relations.
Tehran. Several Iranian leaders, including
He also urged unity within Iran's Parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsan-
ation with the United States, but they
have stipulated that Washington first
must meet certain conditions, such as
releasing weapons bought by the Shah's
government but never delivered.
FAA orders jet inspections for cracks
WASHINGTON - The Federal Avia
tion Administraton Thursday ordered
airlines to inspect nearly 100 Lockheed
L-1011 jetliners for possible metal
fatigue in the wings after a 6 34-inch
crack was found in the wing of a Delta
jet after it landed in Newark.
The FAA directive, which formally
will be sent to the carriers later Friday,
requires the inspections within 50 fly
ing hours, or about a week, and is
unlikely to cause significant disrup
tions in airline operations, an FAA spo
Spokesmen for several airlines that
operate large numbers of the wide-body
jetliners said they already have begun
inspecting the planes and anticipate
no interruption of scheduled flights.
FAA spokesman Fred Farrar said the
inspections are "designed to detect
any fatigue crack" in the wing-support
structure of the aircraft.
The FAA acted after the National
Transportation Safety Board announced
it was urging an "immediate inspec
tion" of the L-101 1 aircraft for possible
metal fatigue because of the incident
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Senators choose new leaders
in Capitol changing of the guard
WASHINGTON Senate Democrats,
flexing their new political muscle,
reinstalled Robert C. Byrd of West Vir
ginia as majority leader Thursday and
Republicans picked Bob Dole of Kan
sas as minority leader for the 100th
Congress which convenes Jan. 6.
That reverses the roles Byrd and
Dole playing the 99th Congress and
reflects the outcome of the Nov. 4 elec
tions, which ended six years of GOP
control in the Senate.
"We are in the majority and we are
ready to do business," said Byrd, who
has led Senate Democrats since 1977.
He is returning to the majority position
he held until 1980.
With each party's choices for its
leadership posts all but settled in
advance, there was no suspense as the
55 upbeat Democrats and 45 Republi
cans met privately in different rooms
near the Senate chamber.
But the feisty Democrats served
notice they intend to put together a
comprehensive agenda of domestic and
foreign policy issues to try to capture
the legislative initiative from the White
House early next year.
"We are not going to wait three
months in the presidential waiting
room. The president has his timetable,
we have ours," Bryd said. "We're going
to send to the American people a signal
that it is no longer business as usual."
Byrd called on the administration to
send its fiscal 1988 budget to Congress
on Jan. 5, as required by the Gramm
Rudman budget-balancing law. How
ever, administration officials have said
the spending proposal may not be
ready until early February.
WASHINGTON - The United
States, as part of its effort to get
aid to the Nicaraguan guerrillas,
began military training for a
small group of Contras at an
undisclosed location earlier this
month, administration sources
The training got under way
about two weeks ago inside the
United States following the ref
usal of several nations that border
Nicaragua to allow training camps
inside their borders, the sources
The officials, who insisted on
anonymity, said the training
operation was being conducted
under strict conditions of secrecy
and that class sizes were being
kept deliberately small.
In a related development, a
Pentagon spokesman agreed
Thursday that the United States
had reason to suspect that a new,
more powerful type of air-defense
missile had been provided to
Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista
government by the Soviet Union.
The Associate Press reported
on Tuesday that, based on intel
ligence assessments, SA-14
ground-to-air missiles had been
delivered to Nicaragua. The
sources said the new shoulder
fired missiles would further
complicate attempts to resupply
Contra guerrillas by air.
The administration sources also
declined to disclose the location
of the training site or discuss
specifics of the training.
One official agreed that it was
"fair to assume" the Contra guer
illas were receiving instruction
in the use of specific weapons as
well as on war-fighting tactics
and leadership. But this source
added that this did not mean U.S
military personnel were dispens
ing the training.
Filipinos rally to support political leftists
MANILA, Philippines More than
100,000 people joined the funeral pro
cession of slain labor leader Rolando
Olalia on Thursday in the biggest dis
play by the political left since a com
munist rebellion began 17 years ago.
At a stop about 500 yards from Pres
ident Corazon Aquino's office in Mala
canang Palace, speakers urged her to
use the left in confronting rightist cha
lenges from Defense Minister Juan
Ponce Enrile or loyalists of former
President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who
fled the country last February.
Enrile, who also was defense minis
ter under Marcos, has been outspoken
in criticizing government policy. Rum
ors of coup plots by his supporters in
the army have filled the city.
About 50,000 people followed a truck
carrying the caskets of Olalia, 52, and
his driver, Leonor Alay-ay, in a day-long
procession that was largely peaceful. It
wound for 12 miles from suburbs to the
An equal number lined the route,
many chanting "Revolution! Revolu
tion!" "Long Live the Communist Party
of the Philippines!" and slogans de
manding Enrile's ouster.
Riot police were deployed in the city
but kept away from the procession.
Many people wore T-shirts bearing
the hammer and sickle symbol of the
outlawed Communist Party of the Phi
lippines. . Olalia, 52-year-old leader of the Far-,
tido ngBayan (People's Party) and the
militant May 1st Movement labor fed
eration, and Alay-ay were kidnapped
and murdered last week.
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