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IRAQ OKS VISITS BY THE WIVES OF 2 IMPRISONED YANKS

The State Department says Iraq has approved visits by the wives of two imprisoned Americans but that U.S. efforts to have a Polish diplomat see them remain stymied.

Iraq has notified Poland, intermediary for the United States in dealing with Baghdad, that visas will be issued as soon as the wives get to Amman, Jordan, State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said Monday.Burns said one of the Americans, David Daliberti, 41, of Jacksonville, Fla., was experiencing chest pains and that he and William Barloon, 39, of New Hampton, Iowa, should be released immediately in a humanitarian action.

In Kuwait, Barloon's wife, Linda, said she was notified Monday that the State Department had obtained clearance for the visit, but she refused to say when she would make the trip.

Daliberti's wife, Kathy, plans to meet with Linda Barloon on Friday in Amman, a family spokesman said. She is not releasing any further information on her travel plans.