EAST-WEST: Wading into the Stream

No panic, even though a SALT deadline expires

Minutes tick away and the deadline nears. At midnight, Oct. 2, a key section of the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty expires. After that the U.S. and the Soviet Union will no longer be bound by the ceilings on offensive, strategic weapons to which they agreed five years ago. Despite Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko's meetings in Washington last week with President Jimmy Carter and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, there is virtually no chance that a new arms accord can be reached before the deadline.

Expiration of the treaty provisions will probably be less...

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