Politics of Strategic Arms Negotiations

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Impediments to Salt II Agrement

Recent Soviet Rebuff; New Talks in Geneva

The United States and the Soviet Union return this month to the negotiating table for further talks on limiting strategic weapons. Both superpowers are mindful that their relations have cooled since President Carter came to office talking about human rights abroad, and especially since the Kremlin rebuffed his recent proposals for a new treaty to limit strategic arms. Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, who will meet in Geneva with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko, May 18–21, said in Washington before his departure for Europe: “We have put no new proposals on the table, nor have they. We are merely reviewing the existing proposals.”1 While declining to predict the outcome of the new ...

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