Secretary of State James A. Baker III told Congress Wednesday he had recommended a delay in ratifying a landmark weapons reduction treaty with the Soviet Union because of questions about its compliance with the accord.

The treaty, signed in Paris in November by the 16 NATO and 6 Warsaw Pact nations, calls for the largest cuts in history in tanks and other non-nuclear weapons across Europe.Since the summit signing questions have been raised by the United States, its allies and even some pact members about Soviet actions under the treaty.

Also, Baker told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the disagreements have slowed work on another treaty to reduce long-range U.S. and Soviet long-range nuclear missile arsenals.