An Interview with Richard Nixon

The zero option, he says, can be a step toward a "comprehensive compromise"

As Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev head toward an agreement to eliminate intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe, the deal has become the object of intense controversy. Critics of this so-called zero option say it would "decouple" the defense of the U.S. from that of Western Europe: the less nato can rely on American nuclear weapons in Europe, the more it will be at the mercy of the numerically superior conventional forces of the Soviet bloc.

Not until this week has Richard Nixon spoken out publicly on the subject. In a 90-minute interview at his Manhattan office with TIME Deputy Chief of...

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