Soviet and United States representatives began more talks in Geneva on Tuesday (February 19) to try and reach agreement on limiting their countries nuclear weapons.
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Background: Soviet and United States representatives began more talks in Geneva on Tuesday (February 19) to try and reach agreement on limiting their countries nuclear weapons.
Kremlin Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Semyonov and U.S. Ambassador-at-large U. Alexis Johnson met at the Soviet Mission to resume their Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). The last round of talks was adjourned in Geneva three months ago.
Mr. Johnson said both delegation will be trying as hard as possible to reach agreement. President Nixon is due to visit Moscow later this year and observers think he and Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev would like an agreement to prove they are both keeping their pledges about relaxing tension.
Both sides will have to overcome difficulties. The proceedings are secret but after the last talks Senator Henry Jackson, a U.S. authority on defence, said the Russians had proposed a draft treaty so one sided as to be completely unacceptable to the United States.
Both sides have also made nuclear developments between the talks. Washington has been working out plans for limited nuclear war and the U.S. Defence Department has applied for a record 85,000 million dollar (about 37,000 million sterling) budget for 1975.
Meanwhile U.S. Government authorities have reported that Russia has been testing rockets which fire several warheads at widely separated targets. The Russian development was previously a U.S. speciality known as multiple independently-targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRVs).