Nakasone Persuaded Reagan on INF Elimination: Files

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)--Then Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone effectively persuaded then U.S. President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s to aim for the total elimination of intermediate-range nuclear forces in Asia, instead of an initially proposed 50 pct cut in Soviet forces, Japanese diplomatic records showed Wednesday.

The United States and the Soviet Union eventually agreed in 1987 on the full abolition of INF, including in the Far East.

The episode suggests that Nakasone made use of his personal relationship with Reagan, so good that they called each other "Ron" and "Yasu," in Japan's diplomacy.

One focus of U.S.-Soviet nuclear disarmament negotiations was the geographical areas for INF elimination.

On Jan. 15, 1986, Mikhail Gorbachev, general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee, put forward a new proposal for nuclear disarmament, to which the United States sent a reply in late February that year.

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