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No branch of the negotiator's art is more demanding, delicate or deadly than nuclear diplomacy, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is one of the few men in the world who can be said to have mastered it in both theory and felt-table practice. Recently, while escorting West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher to San Clemente to meet with President Nixon, Kissinger stopped off en route to visit the nuclear-missile installation at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N. Dak. There, 150 Minuteman missiles stand at the ready beneath their giant manhole covers, and...

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