A New Numbers Game

When U.S. and Soviet negotiating teams meet on Nov. 30 in Geneva to resume arms reduction talks, they will be playing a complex and slippery numbers game. Though its origins are murky, the term "zero option" has been used by different people to describe various schemes for eliminating or reducing intermediate-and medium-range nuclear missiles in Europe. On the face of it, President Reagan's version seems straightforward enough. The President has proposed to cancel the planned deployment of 108 Pershing II and 464 ground-launched cruise missiles. In turn, the Soviets must agree to dismantle some 350 aging SS-4 and SS-5 missiles, plus...

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