Disarmament: Promise of a Gift

Rare indeed are the occasions when U.S. and Russian negotiators find themselves concurring on anything. So last week, when diplomats from the two countries agreed upon a draft treaty to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, the general enthusiasm was understandable. After five years of dickering, it was all too easy to overlook the fact that one vital article of the treaty had been left blank. The negotiators in Geneva simply agreed to resume arguing later about the inspection procedures that all along have been one of the major stumbling blocks.

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