Chancellor Helmut Kohl, in a major policy speech Thursday, intensified pressure on the United States to agree to superpower talks on short-range nuclear weapons, urging an "understanding for our interests."

Addressing Parliament, Kohl repeated his call for negotiations to reduce the number of short-range nuclear rockets in Europe as well as atomic artillery."Because of the range of the short-range systems, the Federal Republic of Germany is affected more by these weapons than the other partners in the alliance," Kohl said.

"It is to me self-evident for our friends to have the same understanding for our interests as we have shown many times for theirs," he added.

Britain and the United States have been harshly critical of Kohl's proposal for superpower talks on tactical atomic arms deployed in Europe.