Nation: SALT Accord?

Agreement said to be in sight

When President Carter told reporters at a White House bacon-and-egg breakfast last week that U.S.-Soviet differences on a SALT II agreement were minor and that further delays would be minimal, few of those present even raised their eyebrows. After all, Government spokesmen have been saying for at least two years that the second stage of a strategic arms limitation treaty is 95% complete. But TIME has learned that, almost as Carter was speaking, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Soviet Ambassador Anatoli Dobrynin were achieving a breakthrough on that unresolved 5%.

The tentative SALT pact was reached...

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