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    _ News Digest— By The Associated Press I
Soviets: Reagan preaches
MOSCOW — President Reagan is
trying to instruct the Soviet Union like
a teacher “preaching to a naughty boy’’
and may destroy chances for a nuclear
arms agreement, the Foreign Ministry
spokesman said Thursday.
Gennady I. Gerasimov was respond
ing to a speech Wednesday in which
Reagan asked the Kremlin to publish
its military budget and the size of its
armed forces and permit open debate
on military policy. He said those actions
would “greatly help out efforts to
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reduce arms.”
Gerasimov said at a briefing for for
eign reporters that Reagan’s address
“literally abounds in demands of what
the Soviet Union must or should do.
Does it benefit the head of the admin
istration, whose reputation has been so
stained by the Irangate scandal and
who has been repeatedly found to be
violating constitution and laws, to put
forward such demands?”
“It has become almost a rule that
before every important Soviet-American
meeting, the American side starts to
play up the hostility,” he said. “Now,
unfortunately, the president has started
to do it.”
Moscow’s decision to take the offen
sive appeared aimed in part at dam
pening optimism created by Chancel
lor Helmut Kohl’s announcement about
72 aging Pershing 1-A missiles belong
ing to West Germany, whose warheads
are controlled by the United States.
Kohl said Wednesday that West
Germany would dismantle the missiles
if the Soviets and Americans destroy all
their intermediate-range missiles —
weapons with ranges between 300 and
3,000 miles.
The Pershings 1-As were considered
the most serious obstacle to a U.S.
Soviet agreement on intermediate-range
weapons, which both sides have said
was close otherwise.
Kelp forms new home
LOS ANGELES — Twenty four sea
otters that could become the nucleus
of a new breeding colony were put into
ice-cooled kennels Thursday and flown
to a new home in kelp beds near an
island off the southern California coast.
The furry, bewhiskered animals had
been rounded up Monday and Tuesday
about 200 miles to the north of central
California by scientists trying to remove
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the playful sea otters from a list of
threatened species.
The otters were moved before dawn,
when temperatures are coolest, from
the Monterey Bay Aquarium to San
Nicolas Island, 75 miles off Los Angeles.
Before the creatures left, federal
wildlife officials gave them clean bills
of health and determined they were
capable ofhandling the physical trauma
of the trip from the sea to air.
"We have watched for physical signs
of stress and all appeared to be ready to
make the trip,” said Diane Hoopler,
spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service.
The animals were to be put in float
ing pens to recover from the stress of
the journey for a few days and get used
to their surroundings before they are
freed in the kelp beds surrounding the
27-square mile island.
The otters are the first of 70 expected
to be transferred this year. Scientists
hope to establish a breeding colony of
150 within five years.
In Brief
Korean officials vow to crush violent leftists
SEOUL, South Korea — The government vowed Thursday to crush
leftists who incite strikers to political violence and said a Justice
Ministry team was arresting agitators disguised as workers.
Strikers and riot police fought in the southern port city of Masan and
in Inchon, the west port of Seoul. Hundreds of strikes around the country
continued to impair auto production, shipbuilding, electronics, mining,
transportation and many other industries.
Sen. Nunn won’t seek 1988 nomination
ATLANTA — Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia announced Thursday that he
will not run for president in 1988, although he said “I felt like the
chances of winning were really there.”
Nunn, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said his Senate
and family responsibilities came first. His decision ended a year of
speculation and disappointed Democrats who thought he would be a
candidate who could attract crucial votes in the conservative South.
Aquino's office, residence sealed from attack
MANILA, Philippines — Troops sealed off the earea around President
Corazon Aquino’s office and residence early Friday after what an
“apparent attack” by mutinous soldiers, said military Chief Gen. Fidel
He said troops loyal to the president were in control of the situation
and Aquino was safe.
Cnna/Han rail strike talks break down
TORONTO — Talks in the four-day-old national strike by 48,000 rail
workers broke down Thursday, paving the way for the government to
introduce back-to-work legislation in Parliament.
The workers for federally owned Canadian National and privately-run
CP Rail are seeking increased job security ahead of planned deregula
tion of the transport industiy next January.
Poindexter asks for rank up in retirement
WASHINGTON — Rear Adm. John P. Poindexter, the former national
security adviser who resigned the wake of the Iran-contra affair, has
submitted a request to retire from the Navy this fall with the rank he
held while working at the White House — vice admiral — instead of the
rank he holds now.
The two-star admiral made the request "as a matter of principle,”
believing he is entitled to the extra star in retirement because of his
service in a three-star job at the White House, said a Pentagon source,
who agreed to talk on the matter only if not identified. Such a request
ultimately would have to be approved by President Reagan and con- I
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: 18,000 miners fired after
: vote to continue strike
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The nation’s
largest mining company Thursday fired more
than 18,000 striking black miners, including
3,000 who staged a sit-in a mile underground,
after their union voted to continue an 18-day old
The country’s largest black labor federation,
the Congress of South African Trade Unions, said
it was considering a national strike and other
“solidarity action” unless the mineworkers’
wage demands were met.
Anglo American Corp., the company worst hit
by the strike, said it fired about 18,400 gold and
coal miners for defying back to-work ultima
tums. Anglo last week fired 7,000 strikers, and
said 14,000 more face dismissal if they do not
return to work Saturday.
Among those dismissed were 3,000 men who
staged an 18-hour sit-in inside Anglo’s western
Deep Levels gold mine. Anglo did not say why the
men staged the protest, but the national Union
of Mineworkers said the men were forced under
ground Wednesday night by mine security.
The strikers wree brought to the surface
Thursday afternoon, given their final pay checks
and driven off the mine compound in buses,
some of the miners said.
The mass dismissals came after union members
voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to reject an
industry proposal that offered slight improve
ments in benefits but no additional pay.
) Iran-contra testimony:
| North didn’t hear his rights
) WASHINGTON — Lt. Col. Oliver North pointed
* out to Attorney General Edwin Meese last fall
that Meese had not read him his rights against
* self-incrimination before North acknowledged
^ the diversion of Iran arms profits to the contras,
j according to testimony released Thursday.
) Marine Lt. Col. Robert C. Early, who worked as
} North’s aide on the White House national secur
) ity staff, also said North had told him of asking
) Meese for a delay of 24 to 48 hours in Meese’s
* initial investigation last November.
Early, in his testimony, said that in North’s
' interview with Meese on Sunday, Nov. 23, North
l Reagan thanks contras,
l promises to seek aid
) LOS ANGELES — President Reagan told
> leaders of the Nicaraguan contras Thursday that
) “we intend to see that you have adequate fund
> ing” until a cease fire is achieved.
> Reagan, seated with members of the directo
rate of the rebel force at a round table in the
: Century Plaza Hotel, said, “We have much to
L ^ank you for. The political and military pressure
|5 you’ve applied, I think, is showing results.
was confronted with evidence of the diversion
North, according to Earl, related that he asked
the attorney general, “Since you didn’t warn me
of my rights . . . does this count?”
Early also described helping secretary Fawn
Hall conceal other documents in her clothing to
sneak them out of the White House.
"1 erred on the side of destruction,” Earl said.
Earl testified under a grant of limited immun
ity, meaning his words cannot be used against
him in any court case. His testimony was
obtained in four private depositions last May
with staff lawyers of the congressional Iran
contra committees and was released in a cen
sored, declassified form. Also released was tes
timony by another North aide, Coast Guard Lt.
Cmdr. Craig Coy, given in March and June.
A story on bookstore credit cards in Wednesday s
Daily Nebraskan incorrectly described the l m
versity Bookstore's credit card.
The card requires no annual fee, but has a
percent rate if bills are not paid on time.
The Daily Nebraskan regrets the error.