Nation: Coming Closer to SALT II

Cryptic hints that the gaps are narrowing

On the rostrum of the United Nations General Assembly, immediately after an attack on the Camp David agreements, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko suddenly fell silent, then leaned against the side of the speaker's desk. Two diplomats anxiously started forward, grasped Gromyko under the arms and helped him off the podium. For a time it seemed as though the 69-year-old veteran might be nearing the end of a career that has kept him at the head of the Soviet foreign ministry for an astonishing 22 years, but...

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