Foreign Relations: Hopeful Words on Arms Control


The task of slowing the nuclear arms race remains the most significant and difficult piece of unfinished business between the two nuclear colossi. Whether a U.S.-Soviet pact toward this end can be achieved will not be known until real bargaining starts, itself a when-and-if proposition.

Last week the Washington-Moscow conversation at least sounded hopeful. In Moscow a ranking government spokesman urged the U.S. to begin promptly a "serious exchange of views" about checking the weapons competition. In Washington the same day, Richard Nixon declared in his inaugural address: "With those who are willing to join, let us cooperate to reduce...

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