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The Michigan Daily--Thursday, May 15, ytU-rage /
Muskie hits France Olympic move

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Secretary of State
Edmund Muskie said yesterday the French Olympic
Committee's decision to reject President Carter's
call for a boycott of the Summer Games in Moscow is
"incomprehensible."
In a comment made to reporters as he conferred
here with Western European allies, Muskie accused
the French committee of helping the Soviets justify
their military intervention in Afghanistan. He said he
spoke less as secretary of state than "a citizen of the
United States whose father was born in Russian-
occupied Poland."
IN HIS MESSAGE to the NATO Defense Planning
Committee, Muskie urged meaningful economic san-
ctions against Iran, declaring that ingenuity, not for-
ce, offers the best fhope for freeing the American
hostages. "Make them see they mist pay a price," he
said.
The setback on the Olympics was the first reversal
since Muskie took over earlier this month from Cyrus
Vance. The administration had hoped the French
government would use its influence to have a decision
deferred - at least until the West German commit-
tee, which is expected to approve the boycott, takes
its position today.
Muskie, talking to reporters in the lobby of the
Bani-Sadr
claims
U.S. agents
landed
(Continued from Page 1)
Bani-Sadr claimed, "two helicop-
ters," presumably U.S. military air-
craft, landed in the Bakhityaris moun-
tains in central Iran. He said the
helicopters were carrying arms, that
the American agents were accom-
panied by 19 Iranians, all longtime
residents of the United States, and that
arms were already being supplied to
rebels in northwestern Iran.
THE RADIOTeport made no mention
of the 53 American hostages who spent
their 193rd day in captivity yesterday.
The hostages were reported dispersed
in 13 cities throughout Iran to prevent a
second rescue attempt. Some are
believed still held at the occupied U.S.
Embassy in Tehran and three are at the
Iranian Foreign Ministry.
It was the first time Iran has claimed
new infiltration by American agents
since the abortive rescue mission April
25. However, Iran has consistently
maintained that American agents
allegedly sent to Iran for the rescue
mission had remained in the country.
Published reports last month quoted
U.S. military officials as saying
American undercover agents, including
special forces troopers, had slipped into
Iran before the rescue mission and had
left Iran afterwards.
HOWEVER, THE London Daily
Telegraph said more than 100 in-
filtrators, including Farsi-speaking
.' CIA agents and special forces troops,
remained in hiding in Iran. The
Telegraph report said the infiltrators
were using Turkish, Egyptian, or
Pakistani passports.
The Chicago Sun-Times yesterday
quoted Washington sources as saying
the rescue plan, in which eight
American commandos were killed,
was much larger than has been made
public. The sources, reported to have
acquired a copy of the mission plan, 529 E
were quoted as saying about 400 under- ANN
cover agents - most of them Iranians 665-
- were ready tq cee hpvc ,i otp-
junction with the rescue attempt. -

European Common Market headquarters, said the
Soviets consider the July games "a confirmation of
the rightness of their foreign policy."
"I FIND IT incomprehensible" he said, "that a
free people, whether Europeans or Americans,
whether athletes or non-athletes, contemplate
allowing the Soviet Union to confirm that act."
Muskie said participation in the Olympics would
confirm to the Soviets the rightness of "their system,
their policy, their aggression in Afghanistan."
The Europeans, getting their first look at the lanky
ex-senator since he replaced Vance, heard a lecture
on their responsibilities.
MUSKIE URGED foreign and defense ministers
from 13 of the 15 NATO allies to increase their defen-
se spending while the United States guards the Per-
sian'Gulf against the Soviets.
In Moscow, the official news agency Tass accused
the United States of using the NATO meeting to
pressure its allies into new military programs. Tass
said the meeting of the "aggressive bloc" took place
"in an atmosphere of militarist psychosis and whip-
ping-up of the arms race."
Muskie also advised the European allies to keep
their hands off Mideast diplomacy even though U.S.-
led negotiations on Palestinian autonomy are

lagging.
AND HE TRIED to dissuade the Europeans from
watering down last month's decision to cut off trade
with Iran except for food and medicine.
"We need a sanctions policy that is meaningful,
that will hurt the Iranians and make them see that
they have got to paya price for their hostage policy,"
Muskie told a news conference after his closed-door
speech.
The Europeans meet in Naples next weekend to
decide whether to exempt current contracts from the
ban approved April 22 by the European Economic
Community.
. "I WOULD HOPE no action was taken to undercut
it or so dilute it that it becomes ineffective," Muskie
said.
At the same time, he offered the nervous allies
assurances the Carter administration was not poised
for a military strike to free the hostages, held in Iran
since last Nov. 4.
"I don't see any military option that promises or
guarantees success in achieving that goal," Muskie
said.
And yet, he said he did not want "to give the
Iranians the luxury of our excluding it " entirely.

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