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East German boss warns of Soviet arms responses

East Germany said Soviet-bloc countermeasures to NATO's planned missile deployment would include placing cruise missiles and longer-range rockets in Warsaw Pact states.

Erich Honecker, East German head of state, told West German Social Democratic arms-control expert Egon Bahr that the NATO plan for new nuclear weapons in West Europe would mean ''inevitable countermeasures'' by the Soviet Union.

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The statement appeared to be the first detailed expansion of a warning issued by Moscow in May that in response to the NATO plan new weapons could be stationed in its Eastern Europe allies.