THE NATION: The Frightening Significance'

In the center of the diplomatic stage at the United Nations, under the glaring floodlights of world interest and hope, the U.S. sought agreement last week on a practical first step toward easing the strains of cold war: it proposed an international inspection system in the Arctic to provide protection against surprise attack. But in the center of that same stage, under the same glare of floodlights, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics said nyet (see FOREIGN NEWS)—and proved beyond any last lingering doubt that it is more interested in the propaganda of peace than in the reality.

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