INTRODUCTION The United States Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, says America is willing to?
INTRODUCTION The United States Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, says America is willing to seperate two basic controversial issues in talks with Soviet leaders on nuclear arms limitation. Mr. Vance, stopping in Belgium for a brief meeting with North Atlantic Treaty organisation leaders on his way to the Soviet Union for the current talks, said the United States was prepared to compromise.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Vance was met in Brussels on his three-hour stop-over by NATO Secretary-General Dr. Joseph Luns. The 15-nation military alliance of western powers has its headquarters in the city. The last strategic arms limitation talks -- SALT -- were held in Vladivostok in the Soviet Union three years ago. The agreement reached in Vladivostok, to continues an earlier settlement, expires in October. The current position provides for a reduction in conventional nuclear weapon stockpiles. But two controversial issues have arisen over whether the new United States Cruise missile and the Soviet `Backfire' bomber fit the SALT definition of nuclear weaponry. Mr. Vance explained the United States' latest proposals.