EAST-WEST: A Diplomatic Chill Deepens

And the White House decides that it is time to cool its own tough talk

No thermometer was needed to know early last week that East-West relations were growing even colder. In a slightly undignified verbal slugfest, President Carter and Cuba's Fidel Castro traded public charges over the role played by Cuban troops in the May invasion of Zaïre's Shaba region by Katangese rebels. The Soviets, meanwhile, stepped up a new anti-American harassment campaign; they arrested one Moscow-based Yankee businessman on what seem to be trumped-up charges and angrily publicized bizarre details about...

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