The United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warned on Wednesday (21 November) that the United States would have to consider "counter-measures" if the Arab oil embargo continued indefinitely.
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KISSINGER: "We still hope that some of the steps that were taken when certain assumptions were made about the principal American objective in that aria will be changed when it becomes apparent that we are attempting to bring about a just peace. However it is clear that if pressures continue unreasonably and indefinitely, that then the United States will have t consider what counter-measures it will have to take."
KISSINGER: "At this point to go through the whole sequence of events would only bring about a recitation of a situation of confrontation, a score-card of who won or lost which we do not believe would contribute to the atmosphere of confidence that is necessary."
KISSINGER: "If the Soviet Union were to introduce nuclear weapons into a local conflict, this would be a very grave matter and would be a fundamental shift in traditional practices and one hard to reconcile with an effort to bring about a responsible solution. But I repeat we have evidence, or at least we have no confirmed evidence that this has been the case."
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Background: The United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warned on Wednesday (21 November) that the United States would have to consider "counter-measures" if the Arab oil embargo continued indefinitely.
He made it clear the United States would not be swayed from its policies by Arab action in cutting off oil to the United States because of its support for Israel.
Addressing a news conference in Washington Dr. Kissinger did not set any deadline for the lifting of the embargo, and did not elaborate on how the United States would retaliate.
He said countries vulnerable to the Arab action in using oil as a weapon should consider whether isolated actions would contribute to peace rather than working closely with the United States in efforts to achieve a settlement in the Middle East.
This was an apparent reference to moves by japan and some European nations to emphasis the need for Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territories in the face of the oil embargo.