WASHINGTON — Secretary of State George P. Shultz assured an Arab League delegation today the United States is now determined to block weapons purchases by Iran and to support a U.N. Security Council drive for a negotiated resolution of the Persian Gulf War.
"Unfortunately," Shultz said, "Iran has not seen fit to join such negotiations. Therefore we must continue our efforts--as we have for many years--to deny arms to Iran since it is those arms they use for the war."
The delegation, sent from Arab League headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia, was led by Abdul-Karim Iryani, the deputy prime minister and foreign minister of North Yemen.
He and two other delegates will call on President Reagan at the White House on Friday as the Administration makes a concerted effort to convince the Arab world that delivering U.S. weapons to Iran--in hopes of gaining freedom for hostages in Lebanon--was a shift in U.S. policy that has been reversed.