October 15, 1991
U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney is slated to brief his North Atlantic Treaty Organization colleagues on President Bush's recent nuclear disarmament initiative and the response by Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev at a meeting in the Sicilian resort Thursday and Friday. The NATO defense ministers also plan to discuss the future of the remaining nuclear weapons in Europe, specifically those based in Britain and Germany.
June 16, 1990 |
The Soviet Union has proposed that the NATO nations enter into negotiations this fall on the elimination of all tactical nuclear weapons in Europe, alliance officials said Friday. But NATO diplomats insisted that such bargaining should be put off until an accord is reached in Vienna on reducing troops, tanks and other conventional arms in Europe.
October 19, 1991 |
Officials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization confirmed Friday that NATO would reduce nuclear weapons in Europe to a "minimum"--but also declared that atomic arms would still be kept on the Continent for the "foreseeable future." "We can't dis-invent nuclear weapons," NATO Secretary General Manfred Woerner said after a two-day meeting of defense ministers--acting as the nuclear planning group--at this Mediterranean resort.
July 1, 1990 |
On the eve of a summit meeting of Western leaders next week, the Bush Administration has proposed to its allies the eventual withdrawal of the U.S. arsenal of nuclear-tipped artillery shells from Western Europe, senior U.S. and diplomatic officials disclosed Saturday. The unilateral withdrawal of a stockpile of nearly 1,400 U.S. nuclear weapons from West Germany and four other countries would occur as virtually all the enemy targets for such weapons disappear from Eastern Europe.
April 18, 1987 |
The Soviet Union's proposal to eliminate intermediate- and short-range nuclear weapons from Europe would require the United States to reverse a policy that has been the linchpin of European security for 35 years, former National Security Adviser Brent L. Scowcroft said Friday. Scowcroft, describing himself as a traditionalist, expressed grave reservations about the proposals discussed earlier in the week by Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
May 10, 1990 |
In the wake of an agreement limiting non-nuclear forces in Europe, an attacking army of Soviet troops would have so far to march and would arrive so thinned-out that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization can safely dispense with most of its short-range nuclear weapons, senior NATO defense officials have concluded.