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U.S. Erred on INF Weapons List

December 31, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The United States, correcting what it described as an inadvertent omission, has informed the Soviet Union that 16 defective missile parts had been overlooked in a list of American weapons to be destroyed under the new U.S.-Soviet treaty, the State Department said today.

The parts, which belong to the Pershing 1-A, have been stored for about a decade at the East Texas plant where they were manufactured, spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said. The plant has since ceased production of these parts, she said. Under the terms of the intermediate-range nuclear force (INF) pact signed Dec. 8 by President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the U.S. and Soviet governments exchanged information on the number and locations of all their medium- and shorter-range missiles.

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