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NATO WELCOMES SOVIET PROMISES, URGES MORE

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NATO defense ministers Tuesday welcomed Soviet promises to cut its powerful military forces but urged the Kremlin to do more to slash its tactical nuclear weapons.

U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and other ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization also applauded in their final statement Moscow's pledge to remove a disputed radar station in Siberia.Cheney cautioned that the Soviet Union remains a powerful military force and said "there is great uncertainty about how events will unfold in the Soviet Union."

Wrapping up two days of nuclear strategy talks on the southern Portuguese coast, the officials said they "looked forward to the prompt and full implementation of this commitment."

In the final statement, the ministers said they "were encouraged by the changes under way in the Soviet Union and some of its allies."

"Nevertheless, we recognized the continuing capability of the forces of the Warsaw Pact."