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September 25, 1991 | ROBERT C. TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Soviet expert on nuclear targeting told U.S. lawmakers Tuesday that elaborate safeguards on Soviet weapons ensured that leaders of the failed August coup could not have fired intercontinental strategic missiles at the United States even if they had wanted to. But the Soviet Union's 15,000 smaller, tactical nuclear weapons, which are designed for battlefield use, are subject to fewer controls, said Gennady A. Pavlov.
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September 25, 1991 | ROBERT C. TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Soviet expert on nuclear targeting told U.S. lawmakers Tuesday that elaborate safeguards on Soviet weapons ensured that leaders of the failed August coup could not have fired intercontinental strategic missiles at the United States even if they had wanted to. But the Soviet Union's 15,000 smaller, tactical nuclear weapons, which are designed for battlefield use, are subject to fewer controls, said Gennady A. Pavlov.
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