Western Europe Nervous About Nuclear Security

The allies pose tough questions as an arms-control deal nears

Puzzled Americans watched with concern four years ago as hundreds of thousands of West Europeans protested the deployment of the U.S. intermediate- range missiles that the allied governments had requested. Now, with the U.S. and the Soviet Union inching closer to an arms deal that would remove both American and Soviet missiles from Europe, some allies are upset by the development. Last week Kenneth Adelman, the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency director, summed up American exasperation with Europe's apparent inconsistency. Said Adelman in an interview with the West German weekly Stern: "We have a perception that they complain when we...

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