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    CORINTO & MANAGUA, NICARAGUA/AT SEA/WASHINGTON DC, USA

    Tension between the United States and Nicaragua was heightened further by the arrival on November 7 of a Soviet cargo ship at Nicaragua's Pacific coast port of Corinto.

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    CORINTO (VIA NBC) (C)
    1. GV PULL BACK USSR ship at dock. 0.10
    2. SV PULL BACK& GV Men unloading cargo; containers dockside. (2 SHOTS) 0.27
    AT SEA
    3. AV US warship patrolling. 0.38
    WASHINGTON (VIA NBC) (U)
    4. GV John Hughes, US Department spokesman, speaking to journalists. (SOT) 1.35
    5. CU Father Miguel D'Escoto, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, speaking on US television. (English SOT) 2.36
    HUGHES: (SEQ 4) "The fact of the matter is that there is, as we have indicated frequently, a continuing flow of Soviet-bloc arms into Nicaragua, including current shipments. We've made it clear that we deplore the continuing military build-up in Nicaragua, especially when that country has created an overwhelming military imbalance in the region, and as we have indicated before, and made very clear to the various parties concerned, the addition of advanced combat aircraft to the Sandinista military arsenal would be a serious development which the United States would view with the utmost concern."
    D'ESCOTO: (SEQ 5) "Let me tell you that we believe that sovereign nations have rights that have little or nothing to do with imperial whim,s and that we are a sovereign nation that are under attack. Daily our people are being killed and murdered by these mercenaries financed by the Central Intelligence Agency. We have every right in the world; the fact that we're smaller than the United States doesn't mean that we have, don't have the right to procure whatever we need to ensure our sovereignty, to defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity. And I believe, I for myself believe that if we ever came to the conclusion that we needed Migs to defend ourselves from aggression, that we have every right - and even duty - to try to get whatever we need, including Migs."
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    Background: CORINTO & MANAGUA, NICARAGUA/AT SEA/WASHINGTON DC, USA

    Tension between the United States and Nicaragua was heightened further by the arrival on November 7 of a Soviet cargo ship at Nicaragua's Pacific coast port of Corinto. Washington intimated that the vessel carried Mig-21 jet fighters for the Sandinistas, who denied that the containers held any combat aircraft. The Reagan Administration warned Moscow against sending any warplanes to the Central American republic, although at a post-election conference in Los Angeles on November 7, the newly re-elected President stated that the United States could not identify what cargo the Soviet freighter was discharging. Nicaragua accused the United States o violating its territorial waters by sending a warship to harass the Soviet vessel inside the 12-mile (19 kilometre) limit, the apparently fired anti-aircraft missiles at a US C-130 aircraft five miles (eight kilometres) off Corinto. In Washington, State Department spokesman John Hughes expressed his government's concern over the latest Central American developments, and warned Managua not to import any aircraft which could be used for military operations. Nicaragua's Foreign Minister, Father Miguel D'Escoto, speaking during a television interview, defended his country's right "and duty" to procure any arms from any source in order to protect his nation and his people, and countered Washington's statements by accusing the Reagan Administration of violating his country's national sovereignty. The Sandinista government has continued to warn its population of an imminent US invasion of Nicaraguan territory, giving momentum to the ominous psychological war already simmering between Managua and Washington.

    Source: VIA NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED (NBC) (C & U)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7XN25F0HEDZPGY4KRP5842341
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XN25F0HEDZPGY4KRP5842341
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/11/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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