Mixed Signals on Arms Control

Behind the scenes there are signs of flexibility

Publicly, the President was standing firm on the U.S. bargaining position at the critical talks with the Soviet Union on intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) in Europe. Declared Reagan at his televised press conference: "When I . . . introduced this proposal for zero option, I said that we would negotiate in good faith any legitimate proposal that might be offered . . . So far no legitimate counterproposal has been offered that would warrant negotiation or study." Thus, insisted Reagan about the Soviets, "the ball is...

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