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Iraq warns Washington not to give Iran arms

By With Analysis from Monitor Correspondents around the world, Edited by Randy Shipp / November 3, 1980



Baghdad

Iraq published a warning to the United States not to supply arms to Iran, amid concern here that an arms- for-hostages deal could be imminent. The warning, part of a speech by Foreign Minister Saddoun Hammadi, said any arms supplies would breach US neutrality in the Gulf war. President Carter has said military spares already paid for by Iran would be unfrozen once the hostages were freed. But Mr. Hammadi said Iraq would consider the US had abandoned neutrality if it sent military supplies to Iran "irrespective of the excuses given."

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On the battlefront, the latest communique from Iraq's high command said Iraqi forces had killed 76 Iranians and destroyed seven tanks, losing 32 Iraqis and one tank, since Saturday night. The fighting was believed to be near the communications center of Dezful.