MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The official government newspaper on Monday labeled President Reagan's speech seeking support for $100 million in new aid for Nicaraguan contras a "growl of war."
The speech was reported in Monday's edition of the newspaper Barricada under the heading "Growl of War From Washington."
"In a virulent exposition, Reagan repeated the calumnies always used against Nicaragua," Barricada said.
Reagan, in a Sunday night speech, called Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government a malignancy that, if not stopped, would make Nicaragua "a second Cuba, a second Libya."
Nicaraguan government officials did not immediately comment on Reagan's statements.
Reagan, seeking to ignite public support for his request that Congress approve $100 million in arms and supplies to the rebels, emphasized that Nicaragua poses a "mortal threat" to U.S. security.
The official radio Voice of Nicaragua said: "The American people had to put up with 25 minutes of lies, slander and threatening insults.