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USSR might consider 25% strategic-arms cut

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Linda Feldmann / November 23, 1982

New York

A leading Soviet policymaker says the Soviet Union is prepared to consider a 25 percent reduction of its strategic arsenal, rather than the 10 percent called for in the SALT II treaty, according to Newsweek magazine.

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Georgi Korniyenko, the Soviet first deputy foreign minister and a member of the Communist Party's Central Committee, charged that the United States has been dragging its feet in implementing the treaty. Mr. Korniyenko played a key role in the SALT II negotiations.