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1982 arms sales to set US record

The United States will sell a record $30 billion in arms overseas this year, far surpassing the Soviets and topping the $17 billion sold by the Ford administration in 1975, says a survey by the Center for Defense Information, a nonpartisan think tank specializing in the military.

White House reports to Congress say total arms sales in 1982 will amount to only $10 billion, but the CDI said the administration's figure is unrealistically low because it deals only with deliveries of weapons and not with new approved sales.

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The administration's plan to make the arms sales an instrument of foreign policy has also meant overlooking some countries' poor human rights records, the CDI said. ''Of the 41 military-dominated governments in the world with records of violating citizens' rights, the United States has been a mojor supplier to 28 ," the report said.

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