Statement by Principal
Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on the President's Response
to Soviet Arms Control Proposals
July 25, 1986
Reagan, on July 25, 1986, responded to recent
Soviet arms control proposals in a private letter to General Secretary
Gorbachev. The President is hopeful that the ideas he has put forward in this
letter will continue the process of building a firm basis for progress in a
number of critical areas.
President finds his exchange of correspondence with General Secretary Gorbachev
to be of great value in the search for understanding between our two countries.
We hope that our efforts will produce agreement not only in arms control but in
the other important regional and bilateral issues that too often are sources of
tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. It is our policy to
eliminate, where possible, these sources of tension.
United States remains committed to
the objective of significant reductions on offensive nuclear weapons,
long-range strategic missiles, and intermediate nuclear forces. We look upon
the energetic research effort of our government toward finding a defense
against these weapons of mass destruction to be an essential part of the task
of reducing the effectiveness and the very need for these offensive weapons.
The prospects for progress on the array of U.S.-Soviet issues are enhanced by
conducting a confidential dialog; therefore, we will not comment on the content
of the President's letter.