Agenda Wars

Haggling over space talks

For more than a month, the U.S. and the Soviet Union have been sending signals back and forth about the need for high-level talks this fall on limiting space weapons. Last week, when Washington again indicated it would prefer not to restrict the discussions to limits on such weapons, the Kremlin declared ominously: "The position of the United States has made impossible negotiations as proposed by the Soviet government." The chilly abruptness of that statement was unexpected. Nonetheless, the Reagan Administration politely but firmly continued to call for talks on intermediate-range and intercontinental missiles, as well as space...

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