WASHINGTON — President Reagan said today the United States will not make further reductions in nuclear weapons in Europe until the Soviets' advantages in conventional and chemical weapons are addressed.
Reagan, in a speech before the Center for International and Strategic Studies, reaffirmed his commitment to "Star Wars," or the Strategic Defense Initiative, while saying he will press the Soviets for an "effectively verifiable" treaty to reduce long-range strategic nuclear weapons by 50%.
The superpowers made "concrete progress" on such a treaty, known as START, during last week's summit, he said.
He noted that the Soviet Union has advantages over the NATO allies in conventional weapons in Europe. Moscow is also favored in the area of chemical weapons, he said.
"We are acting here with the clear understanding that these imbalances must be addressed prior to any further reductions in the nuclear forces committed to NATO," Reagan said.