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Warnke: No Proof Soviets Violated Pact : Says Relocation of Mobile Radars Didn't Break ABM Treaty

December 03, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. arms negotiator Paul Warnke today said there is no basis for new charges by President Reagan that the Soviet Union violated the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty by relocating two radar installations.

Warnke, who negotiated arms-control treaties for President Jimmy Carter, said American inspectors should have accepted a Soviet invitation and gone to the sites before the charges were leveled.

"I see no indication we have that sort of proof at this time," Warnke told a pre-summit news conference.

The new charges are clouding the atmosphere four days before the arrival of General Secretary Mikhail S. Gorbachev for a third superpower summit meeting.

Compliance Called Good

Warnke said analyses by the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency indicated that the record of compliance on both sides with existing arms control agreements was good.

The only violation by the Soviets, he said, is the Krasnoyarsk radar, and the United States should demand its elimination as part of a compromise agreement on strategic defense systems.

"But so far as these charges of all these violations are concerned, they just don't hold water," Warnke said.

The chief U.S. negotiator of the 1979 Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty said he did not fault the White House for submitting the report to Congress, explaining that the document was required by law by Dec. 1.

Radar Move Cited

"But I would fault the content," he said. "It seems to me there is no basis for maintaining that these two mobile radars that were moved constitute a violation of the ABM treaty."

The report accused the Soviets of flouting the 1972 ABM treaty by shifting the two radar installations beyond permitted deployment areas and probably carrying out illegal anti-missile tests. (Story, Page 8.)

Reagan also charged Moscow with improving the challenged radar at Krasnoyarsk and possibly preparing an anti-ballistic missile defense of the country in violation of the treaty.

The charges could stiffen conservative political resistance to the missile-destruction treaty Reagan expects to sign Tuesday and to submit to a skeptical Senate for ratification.

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