World: The Dangers of Disarmament

"Same hors d'oeuvres, same entree, same brandy, same proposition. In a word, no progress," remarked an American as he emerged from another of those three-hour dinners* at Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko's villa in Geneva. There seemed little point in staying on, but Secretary of State Dean Rusk delayed his departure for Washington because Gromyko had dropped hints that some new policy message on Berlin might arrive from Moscow at any moment.

Rusk need not have bothered. Gromyko, calling pudgy East German Foreign Minister Lothar Bolz down to Geneva from Berlin to add drama to the scene, handed the U.S. a position...

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