Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says his country and the Soviet Union are moving in the same progressive direction and contends his ideas of socialist reform have influenced Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Gadhafi also challenged anyone to prove U.S. accusations that he sponsors terrorism and said his relations with Washington may improve under George Bush or Michael Dukakis.Asked about Libya's relations with the Soviet Union, its chief arms supplier, Gadhafi said: "We are very close to each other, friends, we respect the policy of each other's side."

He said he would like to visit the United States "if things were different" and characterized Americans who believe President Reagan's charge that he sponsors terrorism are "very simple people, ignorant people."