GENEVA: Cordially Vague

For those who only read and run, the Russian position at Geneva had the appearance of a dramatic breakthrough after 17 months of deadlock. Russia's grey-haired Semyon Tsarapkin (whom the Americans privately refer to as "Scratchy," an English translation of his Russian name) had laid down a plausible-sounding bargain. He would accept the U.S. proposal to ban all big nuclear explosions under a system of controls if only the U.S. and Britain would also agree to a moratorium on the small underground tests, for which scientists have not yet devised a workable system of detection. The oversimplified propaganda force...

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