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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, December 9, 1980-Page 7
U.S. concern over Soviet intervention increases

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - U.S. concern about
possible Soviet intervention in Poland has risen
again because military preparations have con-
tinued since last week's Warsaw Pact summit
"We have detected military preparations in
more than 30 Soviet and Warsaw Pact divisions
over the past week," one senior Carter ad-
ministration official said yesterday.
MEANWHILE, THE Pentagon ordered top
U.S. Military commanders in Europe to be on
their toes because of the potential of war in
Eastern Europe.
' Pentagon officials stressed, however, that
there was no alert of any U.S. troops in Western

But they said a "prudent and
precautionary" message was dispatched Sun-
day to U.S. commanders, reminding them of
the potential danger that an outbreak in
Eastern Europe could conceivably lap over in-
to the North Atlantic Alliance area.
the Soviet Union know any form of intervention
in Poland - including a Red Army response to
an "invitation" from Warsaw - is unaccep-
table to the United States.
"We would have to see what the facts are, but
I think we would be very unapt to accept a
Soviet intervention in the guise of some sort of
an invitation," from the Polish Communist

government, said spokesman John Trattner.
"What we are talking about here is a Soviet
intervention in the internal affairs of Poland,
against which we have been speaking for a long
time, and which - in whatever form or guise -
would amount to an infringement of Polish
decision-making on its own affairs," Trattner
THERE WAS considerable support for a
belief by analysts that the Russians were
unlikely to make a military move into Poland
while Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev was
visiting in India because of the international
politicalconsequences of such a move.
Brezhnev arrived in India yesterday for a
three-day visit seeking to strengthen relations

with India and other Third World nations that
have been critical of the Soviet occupation of
Meanwhile, it was certain that the Polish-
Russian crisis would be the central focus of a
meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels
starting today. That meeting is a regular affair
and has long been scheduled for this time.
IN A MINOR military action: it was
disclosed that U.S. Adm. Harry Train, the
NATO commander in the Atlantic, had ordered
a six-ship force of destroyers and frigates to
remain in the North Sea and continue
maneuvers instead of dispersing to their home

Among the military preparations that have
alarmed U.S. officials as they have continued
unabated are these:
-The Russians have been conducting what
was described as a limited mobilization of
reservists to fill out understrength divisions in
western Russia. Most analysts believe the
major thrust, if it comes, will be launched from
this direction.
-Soviet, East German and Czech divisions
have been deployed away from their normal
garrison locations into what are considered
special staging areas.


Iran says U.S. closer to meeting demands

From UPI and AP
The speaker of Iran's parliament said
yesterday the United States had come
"much closer" to meeting demands for
release of the American hostages and
he thinks the 13-month-old crisis "will
be settled."
b Hashemi Rafsanjani told a news con-
ference in Tehran the latest U.S.
response to Iran's four conditions for
release of the 52 hostages held for 13
months "has come much closer to
solving the problem."
"IF THE UNITED States meets our
demands, and it seems that they want
to, the problem will be settled," he said.
"In the past, the United States has ac-
cepted our demands in principle but.
this time it has taken more clear steps
in executing them."
Rafsanjani's remarks coincided with
the statement by U.N. special envoy
Olof Palme, former Swedish prime.
minister, that Iran appeared to have
taken "the basic political decision" that
the hostages should be freed.
Rafsanjani's remarks suggested the
new U.S. response was well received in
the Iranian capital. The previous
response had been termed
* "inadequate."
IRAN'S REACTION came after
several days of high-level consultations

among.Iranian leaders following Carter
administration warnings that
President-elect Ronald Reagan might
change the U.S. response to Iranian
conditions for the release of the
hostages, sources reached in Tehran by
telephone said.
In Washington, State Department
spokesman John Trattner said the U.S.
government was waiting for official
comments through the Algerian inter-
"We have not heard from them since
they left to go to Tehran and we are still
waiting to hear from them," he said.
"In the meantime, we note the
statements that are made publicly in
Iran but we have no particular com-
ment or feeling about them."

Iran is demanding, in exchange for
release of the hostages, return of the
wealth of the late Shah Mohammed
Reza Pahlavi, waiver of individual and
corporate claims against the Iranian

government, unfreezing of nearly $8
billion in Iranian government assets
blocked by President Carter and a U.S.
pledge of non-interference in Iranian

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)-Iran and
Iraq claimed they hammered each
other's oil centers yesterday and a
warning was sounded in Tehran of an
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"THE PEOPLE of Iran must know
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IRAN'S DEFENSE minister Col.
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The news agency said Fakuri
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