WASHINGTON — President Reagan vowed to Europeans today that a nuclear arms treaty with the Soviet Union will not undercut the U.S. commitment to their security, saying the stationing of 300,000 American troops in Europe and elsewhere abroad and "our steadfast nuclear guarantee underscore this pledge."
Reagan also said it is "totally unacceptable" for the Soviet Union to try to link reductions in globe-girdling strategic nuclear weapons to restrictions on "Star Wars," also known as the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Reagan's remarks, taped at the White House on Tuesday, were broadcast to Europe by the U.S. Information Agency's "Worldnet" and the Voice of America.
"We won't bargain away SDI," Reagan said in a speech a month before Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrives in Washington for a superpower summit. The two leaders are expected to sign a treaty banning intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) in Europe and to discuss other arms differences.