Soviets to offer draft treaty on strategic arms

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The Soviet Union yesterday made new proposals to ban space weapons, saying Washington must accept such restraints if it wants deep cuts in long-range missile arsenals. Alexei Obukhov, deputy leader of the Soviet arms delegation, said that Moscow would present a draft treaty on long-range, or strategic, nuclear arms ``in a few days,'' but emphasized that such an accord could be signed only after space weapons were banned.

``It is simply not possible for the two [issues] to be de-linked,'' he told reporters at the Soviet diplomatic mission, where the Soviets outlined the proposals at a special plenary session. Mr. Obukhov was waiting for the full United States arms negotiating team to arrive. He said that US proposals on Tuesday on intermediate-range arms were ``not constructive.''

``I didn't find any compromises in what I was told yesterday, unfortunately,'' he said. ``Maybe I will have to study them more closely to find the compromises.''

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President Reagan has said his arms control priority is securing 50 percent cuts in the superpower strategic arsenals. The Kremlin has taken a tough stand on cuts in strategic weapons since the superpowers resumed arms control efforts in March 1985. It has persistently linked cuts to banning space arms.

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