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    A Soviet ambassador has cast doubt upon the sincerity of the United States' willingness to negotiate an arms reduction.

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    SCU & SV Soviet ambassador to UN Committee on Disarmament, Victor Ksraelyan speaks (SOT)


    ISRAELYAN: "We have consultation, we have private consultation with the American delegation, a useful one, and we can understand each other professionally, or technically. But if you ask me whether I am optimistic, i hesitate to give a positive. Why, for many reasons, well, we are not blind, we certainly read, not always, but sometimes, in the Herald Tribune (newspaper), the Herald Tribune, and no later than in March, I quote; The directive known as fiscal year 1985-1989 defence guidance, also disclosed a new emphasis on chemicals arms. The new emphasis on chemical arms was both defensive and offensive. The planning directive said U.S. forces would be equipped and trained to sustain activities for at least 30 days after chemical weapons had been used. Conversely, the services were directed to be sure that they could rapidly employ existing chemical munitions in retaliation worldwide by '85. The air force and army were instructed, gentlemen, instructed, to develop binary chemical payloads for the 1990s and so on and so forth. Can we ignore that? Can we believe in the sincerity of partners when they come to negotiate with us, stating you are liars, you are swindlers, you are violators, but let's negotiate?"

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    Background: A Soviet ambassador has cast doubt upon the sincerity of the United States' willingness to negotiate an arms reduction. Speaking at the end of the spring session in Geneva of the United Nations' Committee on Disarmament, on April 29, the Soviet Ambassador, Victor Israelyan, said he was not optimistic about reaching and agreement. He was talking about both nuclear and chemical weapons, and referred to an article in the International Herald Tribune, from March, which indicated that the White House was actively preparing to manufacture and deploy chemical weapons. He quoted that the new emphasis on chemical arms was both defensive and offensive, but also indicated that he and the United States' disarmament ambassador, louis Fields, had made some progress towards agreeing a ban on the production and stockpiling of such weapons. Commenting on nuclear weapons reduction, he said little progress had been achieved. As the December deadline approached later in the year for the deployment in Britain and West Germany of several hundred US Cruise and Pershing-2 nuclear missiles, there were several proposals for reducing nuclear capability. Soviet leader Yuri Andropov rejected President Reagan's zero option, saying it did not take account of nuclear weapons belonging to Britain and France.

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