March 18, 1987
The Soviet Union urged the 40-nation Geneva Disarmament Conference to form an international committee to make on-site inspections of all space launches to guard against deployment of space-based weapons. Chief Soviet delegate Yuri K. Nazarkin did not provide details in his speech to the conference in Geneva. However, Western delegates said the proposal is aimed at the U.S.
September 12, 1985 |
A federal judge today refused to block Friday's scheduled first test of an anti-satellite weapon's ability to knock out a target in space. After 30 minutes of oral arguments, U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson denied a request by four House Democrats and the Union of Concerned Scientists for a temporary restraining order to halt the test.
October 13, 1985 |
President Reagan demanded Saturday that the Soviet Union disclose details of its own "Star Wars" defense plans, saying the United States believes Moscow's weapons research is so intensive "that they may be able to put an advanced technology defensive system in space by the end of the century." The demand, which Reagan issued in his weekly radio address, appeared to be another salvo in the public relations battle raging between the President and Soviet leader Mikhail S.
March 10, 1985 |
President Reagan on Friday sent his negotiators into arms talks with the Soviet Union with instructions to cut back offensive weapons "so all God's children can grow up without the fear of nuclear war." Reagan steered clear of any reference to his controversial Strategic Defense Initiative. The Soviets have targeted the $26 billion research program on space-based missile defense systems for elimination at the talks opening Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland.
October 13, 1989 |
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, in a spirited defense of the proposed "Star Wars" missile defense system, said Thursday he will urge President Bush to veto the 1990 defense appropriations bill if it provides "inadequate funding" for the program. Cheney's comments came as House and Senate lawmakers entered their fifth week of negotiations on the military funding measure. Differences between the two chambers on "Star Wars" funding have been one of the most divisive issues in the conference.
September 23, 1986
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze, responding to President Reagan's U.N. address, today categorically rejected Reagan's proposal to trade concessions on his "Star Wars" missile defense plan for deep cuts in U.S. and Soviet offensive arsenals. At the same time, Shevardnadze urged the United States to "stop playing for insane stakes" and to halt its "deadly nuclear gambling."