Top United States and Soviet Union nuclear arms negotiators arrived in Geneva, in Switzerland, on Wednesday (28 January) to discuss a second-stage treaty to limit their nuclear arsenals.
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SV Soviet delegate arrives and steps from plane. (2 shots)
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SV USSR Deputy Foreign Minister arrives at USA Mission and is greeted by Minister Alexis Johnson and both enter building. (2 shots)
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Background: Top United States and Soviet Union nuclear arms negotiators arrived in Geneva, in Switzerland, on Wednesday (28 January) to discuss a second-stage treaty to limit their nuclear arsenals.
The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) adjourned six weeks ago to allow the United States' Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, to visit Moscow for discussions with Soviet Communist Party leader, Leonid Brezhnev.
In a statement at Geneva's airport, the Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister, Vladimir Semyonov, said the talks had produced "constructive results."
He spoke to reporters shortly before calling on the leader of the United States delegation, Mr. Alexis Johnson, at the Diplomatic Mission.
Mr. Johnson had said he was ready to seek progress with the Soviet Union on the new agreement. He said he was prepared to resume "serious negotiations".
SYNOPSIS: Geneva in Switzerland, where the United States and the Soviet Union are meeting to discuss the second stage of a treaty to limit their nuclear arsenals. The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, or SALT, were adjourned six weeks ago to allow the US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, to meet Communist Party leader, Leonid Brezhnev in Moscow. Before visiting the Untied States Diplomatic Mission on Wednesday the Soviet representative, Vladimir Semyonov, told journalists the talks had produced constructive results.
He was met at the Mission by the United States' representative, Mr. Alexis Johnson who had told journalists he was prepared to resume serious negotiations. It's believed that the talks between Kissinger and Brezhnev found a formula to cover the supersonic Soviet Backfire bombers. The talks also produced virtual agreement on Untied States air-launched cruise missiles and closed a loophole in the original 1972 SALT agreement. The SALT negotiations have been held since 1969. SALT One limits offensive nuclear missiles and defensive anti-ballistic missile systems, but not bombers. SALT Two hopes to set a limit on the number of bombers and KC warhead missiles until 1985.