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Council Slates Meeting Today on Raid but Switch Likely

June 12, 1981
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The Security Council is scheduled to meet here tomorrow at 4 p.m. to discuss Israel’s Sunday attack on Iraq’s nuclear reactor but that time-table is subject to change, diplomats here said today.

The diplomats noted that the Council session initially had been set for tomorrow and then was changed to some day at the start of next week. The diplomats said there may be a fourth schedule change because the Arab League Foreign Ministers are holding a meeting in Baghdad, which opened today. The results of that meeting will determine Arab strategy toward Israel in the Council debate, they said.

Arab League Ambassador Clovis Maksoud told a press conference here yesterday that the League would ask the Council to adopt a resolution imposing sanctions on Israel but observers said they did not believe the United States and other western countries would support so severe an action and would vote only to condemn the raid.

Iraq, in a statement, asserted Israel has “28 nuclear bombs” and that making such bombs has never been the goal of Iraq in its nuclear program.”

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