Weinberger Urges Speedy Arms Embargo Against Iran With AM-Gulf Rdp
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger called Monday for a speedy United Nations arms embargo against Iran, saying Iran is not going to agree to a cease-fire in its war with Iraq.
After talks with President Hosni Mubarak, Weinberger also told reporters the United States expects ″a lot of generous cooperation and coordination″ with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in the Persian Gulf war.
Weinberger visited those two countries and U.S. Navy warships in the 11- unit Middle East force that patrols the gulf. The American vessels sweep for mines and also provide escort for 11 Kuwaiti tankers that were rechartered and now fly the U.S. flag.
He ended his five-day tour with a two-hour stopover here and then left for Washington.
Weinberger met with Mubarak for 70 minutes at the presidential office.
After the meeting he was asked if he thought it was premature for the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo against Iran for not accepting the council’s July 20 resolution calling for a cease-fire.
″No, we want to get an arms embargo against Iran,″ he replied. ″We think it’s vital to try and maintain the unity in the United Nations, if we can, that we had with the cease-fire resolution.
″I think it is quite apparent that Iran is not going to agree to a cease- fire, and we should proceed to get an embargo resolution as soon as possible.″
Iraq has agreed to the cease-fire resolution that was passed unanimously by the 15-member council.
Assessing his gulf tour, the secretary said he had ″a very clear understanding″ with Saudi and Bahraini leaders on the United States ″continuing to do what we are doing and the vital necessity of keeping the freedom of the seas and international waters open for that very important cargo (oil).″
″I think there will be a lot of generous cooperation and coordination, and they (Saudi Arabia and Bahrain) will work together in different ways to make our contributions and those of the allied navies coming in more effective,″ Weinberger added.
Britain, France and Italy also have dispatched warships and mine sweepers to the gulf region and the Netherlands and Belgium are sending mine sweepers.