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Soviet President Andrei A. Gromyko warned a group of American lawmakers and aerospace officials that the Kremlin will reject all U.S.-Soviet cooperation in space while Washington pursues its "Star Wars" space-based missile defense program. Responding to several proposals from the American visitors, Gromyko said "that the United States would have to back off of militarization of space," according to Rep. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Nelson, head of the 39-member delegation, chairs the House subcommittee on space science and applications. Gromyko made the remarks at a 2 1/2-hour Kremlin session with the group.

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