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Little progress made in settling US-Soviet space defense programs

The Soviets have made public their latest proposals for limits on the numbers of long-range nuclear weapons. The total number of strategic nuclear warheads - 5,600 to 6,200 - is close to the total proposed by the United States. But the limits on each category of missiles - land, sea, and air-launched - amount to a mix that is unacceptable to the US, according to American officials.

One American negotiator says the Soviet proposal ``stands our proposal on its head'' by proposing that a majority of each sides' weapons be heavy, land-based intercontinental missiles - 3,000 to 3,300 of the total warhead count.

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The US position is that such heavy missiles are the most threatening and destablizing weapons in the superpower arsenals, and need to form a lower proportion of each side's total nuclear forces.

While US officials see the ``mix'' of warheads as negotiable, they admit there was relatively little progress in clearing up disagreements on space defense programs and the ABM Treaty.

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