Statement by Assistant
to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on the Soviet-United States
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
January 25, 1988
President today transmitted the INF treaty to the Senate for its advice and
consent to ratification. The treaty, together with its Memorandum of Understanding
on Data and Protocols on Elimination and Inspection, was signed on December
by the President and General Secretary Gorbachev.
INF treaty, when fully implemented, will substantially increase the security of
the United States and our European and
Asian friends and allies. By eliminating all Soviet ground-launched INF missile
systems, a substantial element of the Soviet military threat and an instrument
for political pressure and intimidation will have been removed.
INF treaty, with its asymmetric reductions favoring the United States, provides the first
necessary step toward a more secure and stable balance of military forces
between the United States and the Soviet Union, which will benefit all
mankind. The treaty demonstrates the rewards of negotiating from a position of
strength and with the firm support of our allies.