East German leader Erich Honecker Monday announced his nation will reduce its armed forces by 10,000 soldiers and reduce defense spending 10 percent. Honecker said that as part of the cutback, six tank regiments and an air force squadron would be mustered out, resulting in a reduction of 600 tanks and 50 warplanes. "At the same time, the national outlay for defense will be reduced by 10 percent," Honecker said. The surprise move follows an announcement by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev last month that the Kremlin was reducing its own troops, including those stationed in Eastern Europe.