Reagan reported wedded to MX despite arms vow
Washington — President Reagan would ignore terms of the 1970s arms control treaties, despite his pledge to abide by them, if they interfered with his plan to deploy MX missiles, according to a high-ranking administration official.
Though the President agreed not to undercut the SALT treaties, he is aware that ''our principal purpose is to maintain a survivable deterrent,'' the official said, and he would not hesitate, if it became necessary, to take actions inconsistent with SALT.
The official drew a distinction between not undercutting in a legal sense and literal adherence to every point. He said that the MX plans would not technically violate the President's pledge.