The United States and the Soviet Union say the latest Geneva talks have narrowed the differences in the way of another strategic arms limitation or SALT agreement.
GV Secretary Gyrus Vance being greeted by Gromyko as press take photographs. (2 SHOTS)
SV INT Two men chatting.
SV Cyrus Vance leaving.
SCU Gromyko talking to press.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Did you have a good session this morning?"
SEQ. 4: GROMYKO: "The usual conversations."
REPORTER: "Would you say, Mr. Minister, that the state of U.S.-Soviet relations has been improved by this meeting with Mr. Vance?"
GROMYKO: "These conversations were not conclusive. I cannot say yes or no, for the time being.
REPORTER: "Can we come back?"
GROMYKO: "Its up to you...whether you come back or not."
Both Mr. Vance and Mr. Gromyko expressed hope that a new agreement could be completed by the end of the 1978. The SALT talks focused on two issues: whether to include the Soviet "Backfire" bomber under restrictions imposed by a new treaty, and the sort of limits that would be placed on modernisation of existing U.S. or Soviet missiles or introduction of new types.
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Background: The United States and the Soviet Union say the latest Geneva talks have narrowed the differences in the way of another strategic arms limitation or SALT agreement. But U.S. Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, and Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, said after their meeting on Thursday (13 July) that they had not, as yet, resolved all the obstacles to a new accord.
SYNOPSIS: On his arrival for the last session of the SALT talks, Mr. Vance was greeted by Mr. Gromyko - and a barrage of reporters. As the two men talked, the trials of dissidents continued in Soviet courtrooms, a topic ??? later raised at the conference table by the Mr. Vance.
After the talks, both Mr. Vance and Mr. Gromyko said progress had been made on the arms front. However differences remained - and the two men are to meet again in September.