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US reveals Soviet missile plan for Europe

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Anne Shutt / September 13, 1982



Washington

A senior administration official disclosed for the first time details of the Soviet proposal at the secret US--Soviet talks in Geneva on limiting intermediate-range missiles in Europe, the Washington Post reports.

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Eugene Rostow, director of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, said the Soviet proposal would limit the number of missile launchers on both sides to 300.

Here's the catch: Moscow insists British and French missiles be counted in the US total. That would essentially rule out the planned deployment of 572 new American-built Pershing 2 and cruise missiles in Europe, allowing the Soviets to retain virtually all of their new, triple-warhead SS-20 missiles, 315 of which are deployed.