Moscow and Washington launched the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) 14 months ago on a note of guarded optimism. Last week, with the talks due to resume in Vienna in mid-March, the mood was one of gloom. In Washington, a top-level White House official said that the Administration believed Moscow has failed to make the basic "political decision" on the desirability of setting limits on its military capability. Yet the prestigious Federation of American Scientists has charged the Administration with precisely the same failure and warned that, as a result, SALT may...

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