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US arms negotiator sees A-breakthrough possible

A senior Reagan administration arms negotiator said Monday a breakthrough was possible in the talks on reducing strategic nuclear weapons. The strategic arms reduction talks (START), in recess since last month, ''have made more progress than is generally realized and we are now in a position when we return to the table to make a breakthrough,'' negotiator Edward Rowny said after talks with President Reagan.

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Moscow has refused to set a date for resuming the talks, but Mr. Rowny said he expected the Kremlin to return to the table.

He hinted Washington might agree to merge START with the separate intermediate-range forces (INF) talks that Moscow broke off in November after new US cruise and Pershing II nuclear missiles began arriving in Europe.

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