DIPLOMACY: Bazaar Bargaining in Washington

New flexibility, but nothing is nailed down

"These talks were not designed to I reach agreement." That warning was sounded by Press Secretary Jody Powell as high-level foreign officials began trooping to Washington for meetings with Jimmy Carter and Cyrus Vance. The President and his Secretary of State were looking for movement on peace talks in the Middle East and on strategic arms negotiations with the Soviets but were careful not to let expectations get out of hand. In the end, SALT was still stalemated. However, there seemed to be a minute improvement in a procedural bottleneck that has blocked...

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