ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Secretary of State George P. Shultz, in an implied rebuke to congressional critics of Administration policy on the Persian Gulf, said Friday that the United States has no intention of seeking funds from Japan or nations in Western Europe to pay part of the cost of keeping the gulf open to shipping.
Shultz, on the first leg of a 7,575-mile flight from a North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers meeting in Iceland to talks in the Philippines, said, "The idea of the United States going around getting contributions for the support of our Navy just has no appeal. We don't have to do that."
Shultz spoke to reporters before his aircraft made a refueling stop at Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage.
After conferring with President Corazon Aquino in Manila, Shultz is scheduled to attend a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers in Singapore.
Members of Congress, including Senate Republican leader Bob Dole of Kansas, have called for the Administration to obtain the help of U.S. allies before undertaking the risky process of escorting Kuwaiti oil tankers in the war-torn gulf.