US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger declared at a Washington news conference on Friday?
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This film includes an excerpt from Dr. Kissinger's speech in English. A transcript is given below:
DR. KISSINGER: "Well we have seen, obviously we have seen, these reports and we are checking into them on an urgent basis. We cannot believe that any of the parties in the Middle East would resort to watch under these circumstances. We cannot believe that any major power would deliberately encourage war in a situation as serious and potentially explosive as that in the Middle East. The United States would certain oppose any idea that the problems of the Middle east can be solved by military action and it will use its influence with al parties to prevent this from arising. It expects that all other countries that are in a position to do so would exercise a similar restraining influence. And we think that these reports are probably, if they are not exaggerated as to the facts....we do not believe that military actions are imminent.
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Background: US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger declared at a Washington news conference on Friday (15 November) that the United States does not believe that military action is imminent in the Middle East. He pointed out that the United States opposes the idea of military action to solve the problems of the area and that it expects all other countries to exercise a similar restraining influence.
Dr. Kissinger said that the United States was urgently checking reports of chat he described as "recent flare-ups" in the Middle East and was in contact with the Soviet Union about them. He did not describe specifically the reports he was checking into, but they included rumors that Israel might launch a pre-emptive attack because Arab States were receiving massive new supplies of Soviet weapons.
Earlier on Friday, Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin told a public meeting in Tel Aviv that Israel had information of twenty Soviet ships being unloaded in the syrian port of Lattakia. He said that they were apparently unloading arms.
Dr. Kissinger leaves with President Ford on Sunday (17 November) on a two-week trip Japan, South Korea and the Soviet Union.