World : Soviets to Cut Back Nuclear Arms

From Times Wire Services

Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze unveiled a new step today in the disarmament process, announcing that tactical nuclear weapons would be removed from Eastern Europe, along with nearly 250,000 troops.

In a speech to foreign ministers on the final day of a three-day endorsement of the recently concluded 35-nation Vienna conference on European security and human rights, Shevardnadze also promised that the Soviets would announce by the end of the month “data on the numbers of troops and armaments” of the Warsaw Pact. NATO welcomed the Soviet announcement but noted that the West already had significantly reduced its nuclear arsenal in Europe.