The U.S. and U.S.S.R. last week took the first big step toward disarmament since the breakdown of the London talks last fall. The U.S.S.R.'s Foreign Minister Gromyko handed to U.S. Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson an aide-mémoire accepting the weeks-old U.S. invitation to convene a meeting of scientists and technicians to discuss ways of inspecting any stoppage of nuclear tests. Place of meeting: Geneva. Time of meeting: July 1; composition of meeting: the U.S., Britain and France on one side, the U.S.S.R., Poland and Czechoslovakia on the other.

Gromyko wrapped up the deal by naming an eight-man delegation of Soviet scientists that...

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