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Kohl: Missiles this month if no accord is reached

West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl said Tuesday West Germany would begin deploying US medium-range nuclear missiles later this month if no agreement is reached at arms reduction talks in Geneva, Japanese Foreign Ministry officials said.

The officials quoted Mr. Kohl as telling Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone during talks in the Japanese capital that deployment of US cruise and Pershing II missiles in Western Europe would begin late this month and be completed by the end of the year. They said Mr. Nakasone stressed that an accord in Geneva should not allow the Soviet Union to transfer to the East any of its SS-20 missiles now aimed at Europe.

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