GENEVA — U.S. and Soviet delegates resumed talks today with instructions to reach agreement on an ambitious 50% cut in long-range strategic nuclear weapons by mid-year.
President Reagan noted the start of the talks with a stern note, saying in a written statement at the White House, "A START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) agreement can be reached this year if the Soviets return to Geneva ready to apply themselves with the same seriousness as the United States.
"The United States seeks a sound agreement and we will not negotiate against arbitrary deadlines. It remains my operating principle that we would rather have no agreement than accept a bad one."
Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev directed delegations to try to prepare a START agreement in time for the next superpower summit in Moscow in May or June.