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Following protests by Richard Perle, working within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Reagan informed Nitze that he would not back the plan. There would be no constraints on British and French nuclear forces.

Following protests by Richard Perle

Initially, Kohl had opposed the total elimination of the Pershing Missiles, claiming that such a move would increase his nation's vulnerability to an attack by Warsaw Pact Forces. The plan accordingly was never introduced into formal negotiations. Gorbachev also proposed deeper and more fundamental changes in the strategic relationship. While Kvitsinsky was skeptical that the plan would be well received in Moscow, Nitze was optimistic about its chances in Washington.

There would be no constraints on

The State Department, then led by Alexander Haig, also indicated that it would not support Nitze's plan and preferred a return to the Zero Option proposal.