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Page 8-Tuesday, May 13, 1980-The Michigan Daily
SEC'Y MEETS WITH ALLIES ON IRAN
Muskie urges sanction support
WASHINGTON (AP)-Secretary of Thomas Reston acknowledged yester- even though President Carter's States, at least partly to forestall any
State Edmund Muskie's first overseas day that "some problems remain to be strategy of diplomatic and economic American military move against Iran.
assignment, beginning today, is to urge worked out" by the allies on the san- strictures has not gained release of the On April 25, three days after the Com-
the West European allies to stand firm ctions question. American hostages held in Tehran sin- mon Market decision, Carter launched
on sanctions against Iran. But he said the United States still ex- ce Nov. 4. - an unsuccessful raid to try to free
Some of the Europeans are con- pects them to adopt the package of san- THE ALLIES WERE . never the hostages. Taken by surprise, the
sidering exemptions to the decision ctions they tentatively approved last especially enthusiastic about reducing Europeans were further irritated.
taken by the Common Market last mon- month. business with Iran or taking the risk of If the Europeans water down their
th to cut off all exports to Iran except Muskie, meeting with foreign and a retaliatory cutoff in oil shipments sanctions, Italy could complete $3
food and medicine by next Saturday. defense ministers in Brussels, hopes to from Iran. billion worth of construction contracts
STATE DEPARTMENT spokesman persuade them to hold to the pledge But they went along with the United on which nearly 2,000 Italians are
working in Iran, and Britain could con-
;..tinue exporting Chrysler U.K.
automobile kits for assembly in Iran.
MUSKIE SPENT the weekend
discussing his strategy with top aides
and also preparing for talks in Vienna
on Friday with Soviet Foreign Minister
Andrei Gromyko. It is the first high-
level U.S.-Soviet meeting since the Red
Army occupied Afghanistan in late
December, sending U.S.-Soviet
relations skidding.

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A CROWD OF Iranians watches the demolition Monday of the tomb of Reza Shah, founder of Iran's Pahlavi Dynasty. The
Shah's son. denosed Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, erected the tomb in memory of his father.

Carter
reviews
Mideast
situation
WASHINGTON (UPI) - President
Carter, keeping publicity to a
minimum, yesterday reviewed the
stalled Palestinian autonomy talks with
Mideast negotiator Sol Linowitz,
Secretary of State Edmund Muskie and
other top experts.
The session - which lasted one and
one-half hours - never appeared on the
president's official schedule, and none
of the participants talked with repor-
ters once it concluded.
THE TALKS, which face a self-
imposed May 26 deadline, unexpectedly
were disrupted last week when Egyp-
tian President Anwar Sadat called for
an indefinite postponement.
"There is no crisis," State Depar-
tment spokesman Tom Reston told
reporters after the meeting. "It was a
review of the situation. We still intend
to move forward."
White House press secretary Jody
Powell declined comment on the
meeting, other than to say the
"situation is under review" and that the
White House expects to issue a policy
statement "in the next few days."
Presumably, that would follow a
scheduled Sadat announcement
tomorrow.
OTHERS AT the morning session in-
cluded Vice President Walter Mondale,
national security affairs adviser
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Deputy Secretary
of State Warren Christopher, Assistant
Secretary of State Harold Saunders and
Robert Hunter of the National Security
Council.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Samuel
Lewis and Ambassador to Egypt Alfred
Atherton, who were summoned back
for consultations, also attended.
Muskie had a 7 a.m. breakfast with
Linowitz, Lewis, Atherton and other
State Department officials before the
session with the president.

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