SOUTH AFRICA: Mondale v. Vorster: Tough Talk

"It takes one word to characterize the meetings," said an American participant at the close of last week's discussions between Vice President Walter Mondale and South African Prime Minister John Vorster: "Tough." And so they were. After 8% hours of talks in Vienna's Hofburg Palace, Mondale grimly told a press conference that the U.S. and South Africa were in "fundamental and profound disagreement" over the Pretoria government's policies, particularly apartheid. In what appeared to be a substantive turning point in relations between the two countries, Mondale added with almost startling candor:...

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