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U.S. Welcomes China's Silkworm Statement

November 20, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The State Department said Thursday it welcomes a statement by Chinese officials that they have stopped selling Silkworm anti-ship missiles on the international market.

State Department spokesman Charles Redman said a new Chinese statement issued Wednesday was "consistent with comments by a number of Chinese officials indicating that China has taken strict measures to prevent the diversion of Chinese-origin arms to Iran."

A month ago, the Reagan Administration imposed limited sanctions on China, charging that Silkworms were being sent to Iran. China has never acknowledged transferring Silkworms to Iran.

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