DISARMAMENT: Ban on Biologicals

As they emerged from a conference room in Geneva's Palais des Nations, Soviet Ambassador Aleksei Roshchin and U.S. Ambassador James Leonard made no effort to conceal their delight. They had just agreed on a draft treaty banning the development, production and stockpiling of biological weapons, and pledged to negotiate another treaty forbidding chemical weapons. Said Leonard: "We are particularly pleased that we are now engaged in applying real disarmament measures as opposed to earlier agreements that dealt with preventive measures against rearming."

The agreement came after nearly two years of deadlock at...

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