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US concerned over possible MIG deliveries to Nicaragua

The United States has informed the Soviet Union and Cuba that it would be deeply concerned if either assisted Nicaragua in the acquisition of advanced fighter aircraft, the State Department says.

Department spokesman John Hughes, following Nicaraguan confirmation that a major military airport is under construction, said Friday the addition of such aircraft to Nicaragua's existing military capability ''would alter the balance of power in the region.

Nicaraguan defectors have said that MIGs have been sent to Cuba where they are awaiting delivery to Nicaragua after the November presidential elections in Nicaragua.

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