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Army Munitions Plant Plans Missile Burnings

June 29, 1989

MARSHALL, Texas (AP) _ A Soviet team will visit an East Texas munitions plant July 6 to monitor the final eliminations of U.S. Pershing IA ballistic missiles under a treaty between the superpowers, officials said Wednesday.

The procedure at Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant will finish the destruction of an entire class of nuclear weapons, military officials said.

A Pershing IA first-stage rocket motor and a second-stage rocket engine will be destroyed at 11 a.m. by static firing, weather permitting.

Army officials said eliminations of the Pershing II missile system will continue at Longhorn and at the Army Pueblo Depot Activity near Pueblo, Colo.

Earlier, U.S. officials notified the Soviet Union in accordance with the Treaty on Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces.

Russian teams made several visits to East Texas last year to witness the start of the missile burnings at the vast 8,493-acre plant about 150 miles east of Dallas near the Texas-Louisiana border.

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