Weapons: U.S. Allies Get a Nuclear Surprise

U.S. Allies Get a Nuclear Surprise

The Reagan Administration, already discomforted by New Zealand's ban on visits by nuclear-armed vessels, has now bombed out with other allies. William Arkin, a nuclear-policy researcher at the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies, leaked a Defense Department contingency plan to station nuclear weapons in seven foreign countries and Puerto Rico if a war seemed imminent. The proposed deployment caused a stir in Canada, Iceland and Bermuda, and would violate a U.S. guarantee not to send nuclear weapons to Puerto Rico. It was not clear if the U.S. had notified any of the countries involved.

The leaked document says that nuclear weapons...

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