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Moscow, Tokyo react to pipeline equipment ban

The official Soviet news agency Tass condemned President Reagan's decision to extend a ban on the sale of equipment to Moscow to help build a controversial East-West gas pipeline.

Mr. Reagan said the ban, imposed last December, would also cover equipment produced by US companies overseas and by foreign firms under US license. The ban originally included only goods produced in the United States.

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Japan expressed regret over Mr. Reagan's decision, saying the US decision would delay a Japanese-Soviet oil and natural gas project off the Soviet Union's far eastern island of Sakhalin.

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