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U.S. Would 'Walk Away From' Bad Soviet Deal, Reagan Says : 'Historic Results' Near in Missile Pact, He Declares

November 30, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Reagan told an audience of conservatives today that although his arms control negotiators are making progress toward reducing arsenals of strategic nuclear missiles, "we must never be afraid to walk away from a bad deal."

"On that point, there is no negotiation," Reagan told members of the Heritage Foundation in a speech designed to allay fears of some conservatives that he might make unwarranted concessions in pursuit of an arms control agreement with the Soviets.

On the more immediate prospect of an agreement on intermediate-range missiles, which he and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev are expected to sign at their summit meeting in Washington next week, Reagan said:

Differences Ironed Out

"We seem to have ironed out the differences and I am confident they will stay ironed out.

"Our realism, patience and commitment are close to producing historic results," he said, adding that "this treaty, as any treaty I agree to, will provide for effective verification."

Reagan also said that in his talks with Gorbachev he will take a tough stance on Soviet involvement in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola and other trouble spots.

On Afghanistan, he said, "It is time for them to pack up, pull out and go home."

'First Step' on Deficit

He said he will ask Gorbachev, "Isn't it time that the Soviet Union put an end to these destructive, wasteful conflicts around the world?"

Reagan combined his talk on his plans for the summit with attempts to win speedy enactment of a $76-billion deficit-reduction deal. In his speech to business leaders at the White House, Reagan said, "It's important for all of us, you and me, to join together."

"While it's only a first step, it's the right step at the right time," Reagan added. He said that as guardians of the trust of the American people, "it's imperative that we act, and act now."

He said he will insist on full implementation of the package. "As far as we at this end of Pennsylvania Avenue are concerned, it's all or nothing," Reagan said. "A partially implemented deal is no deal."

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