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3 NATIONS SEEK EXTRADITION OF BOMB SUSPECTS

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The United States, Britain and France are seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding that Libya hand over agents accused of bombing American and French jetliners, U.S. and European officials said Friday.

If Libya fails to comply, the three will seek further U.N. steps, including possible sanctions, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.The Washington Post reported Friday that the three governments decided against calling for U.N. sanctions or other punitive action because they couldn't muster sufficient support in the 15-member Security Council.

But French Foreign Ministry spokesman Maurice Gourdault-Montagne said in Paris the report is "without foundation." He said the United States, France and Britain are continuing consultations on the matter and have yet to make a final recommendation.

"We have not ruled out any options," said a British official.

Britain circulated several proposals at the United Nations before Christmas, he added.

The explosions destroyed Pan American World Airways Flight 103 over Scotland in December 1988 and a French UTA airliner over Niger in 1989.