WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 24)
Officials of the Defense and State departments were in agreement today that the shipment of United States arms to Jordan would proceed in “the very near future” despite the activities of Jordanian-based terrorists and Israel’s push into Jordan Thursday to smash the terrorist bases. State Department spokesman Robert J. McCloskey said, however, that arms negotiations with Jordan “have reached an advanced state but there is no final agreement yet.”
Mr. McCloskey said that last week’s eruption of fighting between Jordan and Israel did not affect U.S. policy toward Jordan in connection with its commitment to maintain a military balance. His view was sustained by authoritative sources which said that the American weapons represented no real threat to Israel but could prevent the overthrow of King Hussein and the emergence of a radical Arab regime in Jordan.