So smoothly and quietly as to be barely detectable, the U.S., over the past three or four months, has considerably modified its policy on willingness to try for a workable agreement with Russia on ending nuclear weapons tests. U.S. policymakers were solidly committed to one disarmament package: tests could not be stopped unless nuclear-weapons production was simultaneously stopped and conventional arms were cut down. But last week a U.S. scientific delegation sat down peaceably with a Russian scientific delegation in Geneva to discuss the feasibility of nuclear test inspection systems (see...

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