LONDON, April 28, 1986 (UPI) - Rejecting charges she was ''President Reagan's poodle,'' Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said Britain might support more U.S. military actions against ''tyrants'' in the Middle East to deter terrorism.
Describing herself as ''more like a bulldog'' than a poodle, the prime minister told British Broadcasting Corp. radio the United States' bombing of Libya forced other nations to realize they must do more to combat terrorism.
In her first in-depth interview since she approved the participation of British-based U.S. fighter-bombers in the April 15 strikes, she compared appeasing terrorists to appeasing Nazi Germany in the 1930's and said that this time ''it would have been jolly easy for Britain to run away.''
Thatcher said the bombing served as a warning and deterrent to terrorists and nations sponsoring their activities and ''have brought many, many countries up rather sharply to realize they really had not been doing enough against terrorism.''
She said the bombings gave leaders promoting state-sponsored terrorism a warning that they face punishment.
''That in itself is a deterrent,'' she said.
Thatcher said if the United States asks Britain again for the use of bases to act against terrorist states, she will consider ''the circumstances at the time'' before saying ''yes'' or "no."
Asked specifically about allowing British-based American fighters to attack Tehran and Damascus, she said she could rule out nothing.
''No one will ever hear me say that a tyrant can be certain this government would not take action against him because if we were to say that, it would be the green light to terrorism to go ahead,'' Thatcher said.
She rejected charges of the British political opposition that she is ''President Reagan's poodle,'' doing whatever he tells her to do.
''I don't think I make a very good poodle. I might be more a sort of bulldog,'' she said.
The Sunday Times reported that at the Tokyo economic summit this week, the British leader will be pressing for a ''blacklist'' of suspected Libyan terrorists to be imposed by all the main Western countries.
In the radio interview, Thatcher said she was in favor of the death penalty for acts of terrorism and that while capital punishment ''would not stop all terrorists because some are fanatics ... quite a number of people could be stopped.''