Exchange With Reporters in New York City on Arms Control and Reduction Negotiations

September 26, 1983

Q. Mr. President, have you put the Soviets on the defensive?

The President. Well, not purposely.

Q. Has Ambassador Nitze had any response, sir, following your new initiatives to the Soviets?

The President. What's that?

Q. Has Ambassador Nitze had any response in Geneva yet on your new initiative?

The President. Not that I know of, no, because this is the first time that we publicly voiced them.

Q. He gave it to them earlier, I think.

The President. I assume that he did. I've heard nothing officially.

Q. Good to see you.

The President. Thank you.

Note: The exchange began at 1:53 p.m. in the Presidential Suite at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The reporters were present to observe the beginning of the President's meeting with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India.

Earlier, the President hosted a working luncheon with King Hassan II of Morocco in the Presidential Suite.