The United States and the Soviet Union began a new round of arms-control talks Thursday, under mounting European pressure to agree on a compromise limit for deployment of nuclear missiles. The delegations agreed to meet again Feb. 1.
West German Defense Minister Manfred Worner said after a breakfast meeting with chief US negotiator Paul Nitze that Soviet proposals represent an attempt ''to uncouple the United States from Europe.'' He also said Western Europe is ready to compromise with the Soviet Union on limiting medium-range nuclear missiles on the continent, but will not accept a second-class security system.
In Vienna, meanwhile, Warsaw Pact and NATO negotiators also resumed talks Thursday on troop reductions in Central Europe. The talks began after a six-week recess, with little hope of breaking the 10-year-old deadlock.