Ortega: the Threat Is Still There

Two days after the House of Representatives rejected Reagan's request for aid to the contras, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega forsook his usual morning jog to sit down in a wellappointed sitting room next to his Managua office for an interview with TIME Correspondent Laura Lopez. Casually dressed and sporting a black Swatch watch, Ortega was relaxed and open, although half a dozen armed guards lurked just outside the door. Excerpts from his remarks:

On the House vote. It causes us no happiness. We have no reason to applaud. The threat to Nicaragua is still there. U.S. troops are present in Honduras....

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