Nicaragua Raising the Stakes

The U.S. imposes an embargo, and Ortega goes calling in Moscow

It was a gesture, by virtually everyone's assessment, of symbolism rather than of substance. Nonetheless, Reagan Administration strategists felt that it was time to raise the diplomatic stakes in Central America. Within hours of the President's arrival in Bonn last week, the Administration had certainly done that. At a press conference, White House Spokesman Larry Speakes revealed that beginning this week, the U.S. would put into effect an economic embargo against Nicaragua. The sanctions, as President Ronald Reagan put it in a formal message to Congress, "should be seen by the government of Nicaragua, and those who abet it, as unmistakable...

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