The new Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty -- SALT II --, signed between the Soviet Union and the United States, has been welcomed by Japan and leading European governments.
The new Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty -- SALT II --, signed between the Soviet Union and the United States, has been welcomed by Japan and leading European governments. In the United States itself, reservations about the pact -- signed in Vienna on Monday (18 June) -- have been expressed by some leading figures. The former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, said he was waiting to see how the treaty would affect the nuclear superiority of the United States. But in the Soviet Union, there's been an uncritical welcomes for the new agreement.
SYNOPSIS: In Moscow's Pushkin Square, a Soviet television crew asked members of the public for their reactions.
One young man said that the talks in Vienna provided his generation, which was too young to remember the last war, the confidence that they would be able to avoid a nuclear war.
He added that he was absolutely in favour of SALT II, and was confident that the obligations included in treaty would be honoured by both parties. Another man interviewed, who fought in the last World War, said that he was entailed. And, while he realised that the Vienna meeting might not banish the threat of war completely, it could put it off for a long time.
This worker described the SALT II talks as 'necessary and timely'.
He told the interviewer that all the people in the Soviet Union regarded the arms race as harmful to the world, and that no one could derive unilateral benefits from it.
Leonid Brezhnev's speech in Vienna, he said, was 'correct and heartfelt', and met the 'innermost needs' of the Soviet population.