AT almost the same time that the President of the U.S. took a pen from his pocket in the White House one morning last week to ratify the bound document before him, a similar bound document was placed in front of his Soviet counterpart in the Kremlin. At about 11 a.m. in Washington and about 7 p.m. in Moscow, Richard Nixon and Nikolai Podgorny affixed their signatures to the instruments of ratification of the nonproliferation treaty, which is designed to prevent the acquisition or development of atomic weapons by nations other than the five present nuclear powers (Britain, China, France, the...

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