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Nicaragua says US must be more flexible in peace talks

President-elect Daniel Ortega Saavedra said Saturday that he would not rule out the acquisition of Soviet jet fighters and that Nicaragua would arm itself with ''everything we need'' until a peace accord is reached with the United States. He said the Reagan administration would have to be more flexible in discussions with Nicaragua to receive assurances from his Sandinista government that US security interests in the region would be respected.

On a weekly radio broadcast, Mr. Ortega said Friday that attacks by US-backed rebels and the US government's economic pressure have cost Nicaragua's economy more than $1.3 billion. He said attacks by the rebels alone had done $400 million in damage.

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