WASHINGTON — President Reagan said Wednesday night that he has received a reply from Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to the U.S. request for the release of journalist Nicholas Daniloff, who is being held by the Soviets on spy charges.
But Reagan gave no details of Gorbachev's response, saying, "I don't want to rock the boat."
Reagan spoke briefly to reporters after a state dinner at the White House held in honor of Brazilian President Jose Sarney.
Reagan's remarks left the impression that an intense diplomatic effort is under way for securing Daniloff's release, but he said it is "not safe to comment."
He also declined to predict when the issue might be resolved.
In asking Gorbachev for Daniloff's release, Reagan asserted that the U.S. New & World Report correspondent was not a spy.
The State Department said that Soviet Ambassador Yuri V. Dubinin met with Secretary of State George P. Shultz late Wednesday. The department declined to comment on the discussions, but a senior department official, referring to efforts to win Daniloff's release, said, "The diplomatic momentum is continuing."