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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - U.S. and
South African officials concluded private discussions
on atomic energy yesterday in Pretoria. A South
African official called them "very constructive," but
said little more.
There have been unconfirmed reports that South
Africa is prepared to sign the nuclear nonproliferation
treaty if the United States lifts a ban on contracted
shipments of enriched uranium to South Africa.
"All I can say is I think the discussions were very
constructive - constructive in the sense that both sides
had the opportunity of making clear things that were
previously unclear," said A.J.A. Roux, president of the
South African atomic energy board.
ROUX AND FOREIGN Ministry officials met with
the U.S. nuclear ambassador at large, Gerard Smith,
an expert on international atomic affairs.
Smith's visit has been shrouded in secrecy. U.S. Em-
bassy officials in Pretoria have refused to discuss his
Roux, speaking in a telephone interview from his
Pretoria home, said he could give no details of the
"As you would readily appreciate we have to report
to our ministers the results of our discussions and
therefore before we have done that I am not in a
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sign nonproliferation treaty
position to give any indication as to what we have Enriched uranium is used as fuel in nuclear power
discussed," he said, plants. A French consortium under contract to South
ASKED IF THERE would be further discussions, Africa is currently building two large nuclear power
Roux said it was possible but added: "I doubt it very plants outside Cape Town, at Kosberg.
much." According to South African officials, the uranium
He said the talks gave each side an opportunity for enrichment process is the only aspect of the country's
the first time "to be clear on the standpoints of each of advanced nuclear program not under international
the two parties." Smith, 68, was expected to return to scrutiny.
the United States on Friday to report on the talks. But there has been repeated speculation South
He is a former head of the U.S. delegation to the Africa is developing nuclear weapons. Last year, the
strategic arms limitation talks in Helsinki. Soviet Union raised an international alarm with claims
The Carter administration blocked shipments of that South Africa was on the verge of exploding a
enriched uranium that South Africa has already paid nuclear device in the Kalahari desert.
for. The uranium was to be used for experimental pur- South Africa denied the claim, which nonetheless
poses. prompted concerned messages from the United States
THE OFFICIAL REASON is South Africa's failure and other Western governments.
to sign the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and
President Carter's opposition to the spread of nuclear
Some South African commentators have
speculated the American boycott is intended to
pressure South Africa into revealing its secret uranium
enrichment process, developed at a pilot plant at
After America's freeze of enriched uranium expor-
ts, South Africa said it would expand the Valindaba
plant to produce enriched uranium for the country's C b
own needs. with Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State
Department rejected yesterday a
Senate call for the United States to
break its limited diplomatic relation-
ship with Cuba until Havana pulls its
military forces out of Africa.
A statement issued by department
spokesman Hodding Carter said the
U.S. interests section in Havana is
there "to protect U.S. interests, not
The statement added that "important
U.S. interests would be damaged" if the
administration went along with the
proposal approved by the Senate Wed-
nesday by a surprisingly lopsided 53-29
SINCE THE interests section was
opened last Sept. 1, it has had "con-
siderable success" in such areas as
protection of U.S. citizens in Cuba and
in organizing the repatriation of
American citizens and their families,
As a result of the interests section's
efforts, there also has been forward
movement in obtaining the release of
American prisoners and in providing a
link with the United States for other
Americans residing there, it said.
U.S. officials, asking to remain
anonymous, said the administration
has considered several forms of
ciety's gala 100th season, soprano retaliatory action against Cuba in
ings an all-lieder program. Called protest against its Africa policies, but
added that shutting down the interests
of our day, 'Mme. Schwarzkopf's section was never among them.
'ry special summer evening. The administration considered, and
for the time being has rejected, the
program transmission of radio propaganda
broadcasts into Cuba -to generate
olf Three Ophelia songs ................ Strauss popular dissatisfaction over the coun-
ert Freundliche Vision ................. Strauss try's military activities in Africa.
pert Three songs from the
Der Nussbaum.................. Schumann Spanisches Liederbuch ............. Wolf
Die Kartenlegerin ............... Schumann Three songs from the
Mit einer Wasserlilie .............. . Grieg Italienisches Liederbuch ............ Wolf
Vergebliches Standchen ............ Brahms
Mwednesda', july 5 at .8:*3
Tickets are $4, 5.50 and $7 at Burton Tower. Weekdays 9-4:30, Satur-
days 9-12. Telephone: 665-3717. Box office opens at 7.
LINA WERTMULLER'S 1975
A rich, beautiful capitalist is ma-
rooned on an isolated island with a
deckhand who is a dedicated com-
munist. Wertmuller's foray into the
class struggle explodes into a fierce
battle of the sexes. With Giancarlo
Giannini and Mariangela Melato. In
Italian and color.
Sun: Peter Lorre In M
(Free at 7:30)
Saturday at 7:30 & 9:30
Old Arch. Aud.
At 8:15, before the concert, U of M carillonneur Hudson Ladd will
*0 play 'Phantasm for Carillon' on the Charles Baird Carillon in Burton
Tower. This work by Gary White was commissioned by the Musical
Society for its centennial. Be sure to arrive in time to hear this new work.
in its 100th Seasoij! .