WORLD IN BRIEF : SOVIET UNION : U.S. Defense Chief Justifies His Caution

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, visiting in Rome, defended his cautious, hard-line approach to Soviet reform and said Western euphoria over Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev appears to be cooling. Winding up a tour of West European capitals before heading for Australia, Cheney said more Western officials now realize the enormity of the task taken on by the Soviet leader.

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