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in TV address
WASHINGTON (AP)- President
Reagan says his determination to
rebuild U.S. defenses will help prod the
Soviet Union into negotiating strategic
arms reductions that would supplant
the shelved SALT II treaty that "simply
legitimizes an arms race."
Reagan opened last night's prime-
time news conference with a review of
the strategic arms reduction proposal-
START-he unveiled in a Sunday ad-
dress at Eureka College in Illinois. He
said START is the right approach
because SALT II, never ratified but ob-
served by both sides, would have per-
mitted massive buildups in nuclear
THERE HAVE been calls for revival
of that treaty, and Reagan was told by a
questioner that it was at least a bird in
the hand. "This bird isn't a very frien-
dly bird," Reagan said, recalling that
the Senate did not ratify SALT II during
the Carter administration.
"The reason why it was refused
ratification," he said, was that the
treaty would allow "the Soviet Union to
just about double its nuclear
capability." He said the pact would also
allow a U.S. buildup and thus "it simply
legitimizes a nuclear arms race."
Reagan said that first phase of
START would deal with the most
dangerous and destabilizing weapons in
the arsenals of the superpowers-
warheads on landbased missiles.
"These are the most frightening to
most people,'' Reagan said, because
"once launched, that's it."
REAGAN SAID that reaching agree-
ment on "balanced, equal and
verifiable" levels of strategic nuclear
weapons will not be short or easy work,
but Moscow and the Soviet people un-
derstand the importance of restraining
the arms race.
"Iwant to reduce my pledge ... that
the United States will do everything we
can to bring such an agreement about,"
While SALT II is not in force, both
sides have been observing its terms.
Reagan said the sections that are being
observed involve the monitoring of
weaponry. "What we are striving for is
to reduce the power, the number and
particularly those destabilizing
missiles that can be touched off by the
push of a button," he said.
Reagan said he wants reductions, and
"there's no ratio between that and what
SALT was attempting to do."
WHILE conservative critics have
denounced the conservative president's
arms reduction proposals, Reagan said
they were not at odds with his past
position. "I think I'm being consistent,"
he said. "It took me a little time to get
there. We hadsome other things to do."
"To be acceptable, a new arms
agreement with the Soviets must be
balanced, equitable and verifiable,"
Reagan said. "Tonight I want to renew
my pledge . . . that the United States
will do everything in its power to bring
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Pope gives thanks in Portugal
hours after assassination attempt
Fatima, Portugal - Pope John Paul II - ignoring an attempt on his life
hours before - thanked the Virgin Mary yesterday in a trembling voice for
saving him from assassination in Rome exactly one year ago.
He made no reference to the attempt on his life here Wednesday by a
bayonet-wielding man in priest's robes.
Portuguese police and sources in Geneva said the attacker, Spaniard Juan
Fernandez Krohn, was ordained several years ago by rebel Archbishop
Marcel Lefebvre in defiance of Vatican orders, but broke with the
traditionalist movement two years ago. The Spaniard is being charged with
The pontiff started his day by meeting with Sister Lucia dos Santos, the
last survivor of the three shepherd children who had visions of the Virgin in
1917. Then he celebrated Mass on the steps of the Shrine of Fatima before
more than 500,000 people.
Wallace to run again
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Former segregationist George Wallace will an-
nounce May 22 his candidacy for an unprecedented fourth term as Alabama
governor, this time with black support.
The 62-yearold Wallace confirmed yesterday the announcement would
come at a barbecue in Montgomery.
He will be reentering politics just one week after the 10th anniversary of an
assassination attempt that left him a wheelchair-bound cripple.
"I intend to run a vigorous campaign," Wallace said. "I've got the ex-
perience it takes to make a good governor and the polls indicate I have the
backing around the state to win the election."
Wallace, who is paralyzed from the wait down says his health is no
problem "I have.no complaints to make," he said. "As I have said before,
my health is good."
May car sales up 18.2 percent
DETROIT-Domestic car sales were up 18.2 percent in the first 10 days of
May compared with the 1981 period, marking the industry's best early-May
performance in three years, the carmakers said yesterday.
General Motors Corp. led the way with a 30.6 percent increase in the May
1-10 period over a year ago, while Ford Motor Co. was up 5.1 percent and
Chrysler Corp. showed a 2.5 percent increase, the automakers said.
American Motors Corp. was estimated to be down 27.3 percent from a year
ago and Volkswagen of America Inc. said its sales, also an estimate because
of problems with dealer paperwork, were off 37.2 percent.
The daily selling rate of 19,901 cars was the highest since 1979, when 27,236
were sold each day in the period. However, auto industry analysts remained
pessimistic about a quick recovery in the industry, especially because GM
sales were being compared with a weak early May period in 1981.
Sales increases recorded by the Big Three automakers likely reflect the
incentive plans they are offering in an effort to lure stubborn buyers to
Poles stow away to freedom
BALTIMORE- Two young Polish men who spent 18 days hidden aboard a
freighter bound for Canada kicked their way out of a crate and found them-
selves in a warehouse here surrounded by astonished longshoremen,
The pair looked "haggard and weak," but their eyes lit up when they were
told they were in the United States, according to witnesses.
The men began speaking Polish and pointed to a booklet bearing the word
"Solidarity," the name of the underground Polish labor movement.
Federal immigration officials said Wednesday the men, both in their early
20s, probably would be granted political asylum.
"I'm sure they'll remain in the United States," said Wallace Gray,
regional director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The men, apparently thinking they were in Halifax, Nova'Scotia, broke out
of the 30-foot-by-ten-foot wooden machinery crate Wednesday morning after
it was unloaded from the freighter Kazimierz Pulaski.
Longshoremen at the scene told reporters the two appeared puzzled when
told they were in Baltimore. When the word "America" was spoken, their
eyes lit up, witnesses said.
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