WATERTON, Colo. — President Reagan today said his "Star Wars" anti-missile program is largely a defensive system that would "change history" by offering the world "security through protection rather than retaliation."
With the superpower summit two weeks away, he defended the Strategic Defense Initiative against attacks on its cost and feasibility and rejected its abandonment as "too high a price" for any arms reduction agreement.
Speaking to the front-line technological troops of his drive for a shield against nuclear missiles, Reagan called the program "a moral as well as a scientific endeavor worth every minute and hour you are dedicating to it."
"You are not working to build a bargaining chip," Reagan told employees of the Martin Marietta Denver Aeronautics, a major contractor for the Strategic Defense Initiative. "It will not be traded away."