INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

SWEDEN AIMS TO TIGHTEN

AUTO EXHAUST RULESSTOCKHOLM, Sweden - Sweden wants to impose some of the world's toughest rules on automobile exhaust limits, matching California standards on the emission of hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide.

"At the moment we have the same requirements as most of the United States," Lars-Olof Olsson, a technical expert at the state Environment Protection Agency said Friday. "The next step is to bring ourselves in line with California."

The California rules will include from 1993 a maximum of 0.25 grams of hydrocarbons per mile for the first 50,000 miles, and 0.31 grams per mile between 50,000 and 100,000 miles.

BONN TO RESUME LOANS

FOR EXPORTS TO CHINA

BONN, West Germany - West Germany will resume its guarantees for exports to China on a case-by-case basis, the secretary of state for economic cooperation said.

Speaking before a meeting late last week of a West German industrialists' association in Cologne, Siegfried Lengl said the resumption of some so-called Hermes loans to China did not mean a return to the situation before June 1989.

Last June the West German government ended all export guarantees following Beijing's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. Bonn was the sole Western government to adopt such a position.

The state-guaranteed Hermes loans assured West German exporters to China of being paid in the event their Chinese clients failed to settle.

KRUPP TO HELP IRANIANS

DOUBLE OUTPUT OF TIRES

NICOSIA, Cyprus - West Germany's Fried. Krupp GmbH will help an Iranian firm to double its current annual output of 20,000 truck tires, Iran's IRNA news agency said.

Krupp will provide some $25 million worth of manufacturing machinery to the Pars factory in Saveh province by the spring of 1992, it said last week.

The agency, monitored in Cyprus, quoted a Krupp spokesman in West Germany.