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# Country A recently broke off diplomatic relations with

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Country A recently broke off diplomatic relations with [#permalink]

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Country A recently broke off diplomatic relations with Country B when it was reported that Country B had been running a covert intelligence operation within the borders of Country A. While a spokesperson said that it was common knowledge that all countries do this, and that Country A was no exception.

Which of the following inferences can be drawn from the argument above?

A) Country B should apologize and dismantle its intelligence operation in Coungry A.
B) The spokesperson for country B claims that Country A engages in intelligence gathering, too.
C) Because all countries engage in this practice, Country A's outrage was disingenuous.
D) Relations b/w Country A and Coungry B will be strained for some time.
E) Country B would be just as outraged if it was reported that Country A was running a covert intelligence operation with Country B's borders.

Pls explain.
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11 Mar 2006, 16:51
^ C ^

The choice C is a paraphrase of what the spokesman said.
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11 Mar 2006, 20:35
Agree with selene. 'C' is the right choice.
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11 Mar 2006, 22:18
agree with C
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12 Mar 2006, 14:20
C is not the official answer though.
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12 Mar 2006, 14:54
vipin7um, can u pls post the OA.
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12 Mar 2006, 15:47
I am stuck between B and C.
Since the passage says that all countries engage in intelligence gathering, the statement b (spokesman from B claims that A has intelligence operations too) is valid.
C is also valid for the same reason.
But, I would pick B on the exam day for the only reason - we need not judge whether A's action is good or bad.
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12 Mar 2006, 16:22
OA is B. Well done Chuckle and great explanation too. C is ruled out for making 'Value Judgment'.

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12 Mar 2006, 17:00
chuckle wrote:
I am stuck between B and C.
Since the passage says that all countries engage in intelligence gathering, the statement b (spokesman from B claims that A has intelligence operations too) is valid.
C is also valid for the same reason.
But, I would pick B on the exam day for the only reason - we need not judge whether A's action is good or bad.

Yes very good explaination
12 Mar 2006, 17:00
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