Argentina Demands Apology From Britain

Sun Dec 7,11:49 PM ET By OSCAR SERRAT, Associated Press Writer BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's president said Britain should apologize for deploying nuclear-armed ships during the 1982 Falklands War, but London on Sunday refused, saying it had done nothing wrong. Britain's Ministry of Defense has said that some of its naval ships carried nuclear weapons during the war but that they never entered Latin American waters and Britain did not consider using them. "The United Kingdom should apologize", Argentine President Nestor Kirchner said Saturday during a brief visit Saturday to Santa Rosa, capital of the province of La Pampa, 380 miles southwest of Buenos Aires. "We don't believe we have anything to apologize for," Britain's Ministry of Defense said Sunday, in response to Kirchner's call. "There was no question of us using the weapons. There is no radiation hazard as a consequence of their deployment. We maintained our obligations under the relevant treaties." Prime Minister Tony Blair (news - web sites)'s office refused to comment on the matter, referring calls to the Ministry of Defense.