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We Can Work This Out: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld believes it’s only prudent to employ ICBMs with conventional warheads to counter threats by weapons of mass destruction. Rumsfeld, who was speaking at a news conference Sunday in Alaska with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, asserted that such a capability would entail a communications link with Russia and cooperation. He said, “If either of our countries … were threatened in the future with a weapon of mass destruction, … I think any president would like to have available a conventional weapon that could attack that target swiftly and accurately and precisely.” According to Reuters news service, Ivanov hesitated, saying other options might be possible. A DOD news release quoted Ivanov as calling for “transparency and predictability, as well as mutual respect.”