Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko arrived in Vienna on Monday (19 May) to meet the United States Secretary of State, Dr.
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko arrived in Vienna on Monday (19 May) to meet the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, for talks centred mainly on limiting the use of nuclear weapons.
Mr. Gromyko began preliminary discussion with Dr. Kissinger soon after his arrival. He had said that he was ready to conduct their exchange of views "in a constructive spirit."
They later commented that they had made some progress in their talks, which covered limiting strategic arms, European security and world problems.
They are expected to concentrate on how to verify adherence to a proposed arms agreement limiting each side to 2,400 strategic nuclear missiles and bombers, including 1,320 multiple war-head missiles (MIRVS).
The Soviet Union has refused to accept -- but has not rejected -- a U.S. counting procedure that assumes a missile in a silo to be a MIRV if it has been successfully tested as a MIRV.
A senior U.S. official who arrived in Vienna with Dr. Kissinger on Sunday (18 May) is reported to have said there was a chance of a compromise.
Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Gromyko are also expected to discuss the Middle East in subsequent meetings.