Disarming Tiff: Moscow's propaganda edge

Moscow's propaganda edge

When the U.S. refused to go along with the Soviets' highly publicized moratorium on nuclear-weapons testing, announced just before the meeting in Helsinki two weeks ago, Administration officials were faced with a propaganda problem they hoped would quickly fade. But even as the two sides prepare for an international nuclear nonproliferation conference in Geneva later this month, the Soviets seem to be deftly augmenting their unexpected public relations advantage. Last week they offered to allow international experts to inspect two of their civilian nuclear-power reactors--a first. Meanwhile, questions continued to be raised, in the U.S. and abroad, about Washington's brisk refusal...

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