A senior U.S. arms control official reaffirmed today that the United States would work for reductions in intermediate-range missiles in Asia as well as in Europe when Secretary of State George P. Shultz meets with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko next month.
David F. Emery, deputy director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, said the United States would insist on a "global solution" to the nuclear weapons problem that would increase security everywhere.
His statement was intended to allay concern in Japan that future agreements on intermediate-range missiles might result in the Soviets transferring missiles from Europe to Siberia, where they could threaten Japan.
"To solve the stability problem in one part of the world by shifting the problem to another part of the world -- that is not a solution," Emery told a press conference at the U.S. Embassy here.
In recent years, it has been estimated, the Soviets have deployed about 135 SS20 missiles in Siberia, many of them thought to be targeted on Japan, where about 50,000 U.S. troops are stationed.
A Japanese Foreign Ministry official said tonight that the government is satisfied that the United States will pay proper attention to Japanese interests in the upcoming talks.
Emery also said that Japan's technological input could play an important role in any verification procedures that might be worked out between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Emery was touring Japan, Australia and New Zealand to confer with leaders there on the Shultz-Gromyko meeting