American and Soviet negotiators are reported to be nearing a new accord for nuclear arms limitation.
American and Soviet negotiators are reported to be nearing a new accord for nuclear arms limitation. In New york on Wednesday (September 27), U.S. Secretary of State Mr. Cyrus Vance and the Soviet Foreign Minister Mr. Andrei Gromyko began talks which American sources say could possibly be decisive in achieving a new Strategic Arms Limitation (SALT) agreement. A final session is scheduled to be held at the White House on Saturday (September 30) with President Carter.
SYNOPSIS: The first round of talks, lasting just over two hours, was held at the Soviet Union's United Nations Mission in New York. Mr. Gromyko had apparently recovered after becoming ill at the United Nations the previous day. He received Mr Vance and other American delegates.
Earlier, Mr. Gromyko had said that an early conclusion of the Soviet-American talks was of particular importance. Some American observers believe a SALT-signing ceremony with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev could even be held before the end of this year.
SALT talks have been going on for six years, though recently the pace has quickened. The latest talks are the fourth in just five months. Previously, discussions were overshadowed by Soviet political trials and recriminations over Soviet and Cuban military involvement in Africa. Being negotiated are a seven-year treaty to replace the expired accord, and a three-year protocol limiting certain weapons like the Cruise miss???.