Arms Control: Lacking the Right Chemistry

Lacking the Right Chemistry

Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev endorsed still another arms-control idea last week, this one for a zone in central Europe free of chemical weapons. The U.S. rejected the notion as quickly as it thumbed down Gorbachev's suggestion last month for a moratorium on underground nuclear tests. Presidential Spokesman Larry Speakes called the chemical-free zone a "resurfacing and repackaging of ideas we have heard before" and added that, besides, it would be difficult to verify.

After a 16-year hiatus, the Pentagon wants to begin producing new chemical weapons again to replace its aging stockpile of existing ones. The White House contends that the...

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