DISARMAMENT: Ever Optimistic

Out of Moscow, in a personal, 2O-page letter to Britain's Prime Minister Harold Macmillan from Soviet Premier Nikolai A. Bulganin, came so tough a rejection of everything the West thought it was bargaining for that—if taken literally—there was no further need to continue the disarmament talks in London. The West decided not to take it literally.

By linking any ban on nuclear tests with an enforcible ban on further output of nuclear arms, wrote Bulganin, the West is "condemning in advance" any chance of agreement. Russia, he made plain, is willing to play only...

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