Nation: Danger: Killing SALT Forever

The SALT II treaty has been in legislative limbo since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan last December, but in the past week its fate has become one of the most heated and important disagreements between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Carter wants to save the treaty, Reagan wants to kill it. As TIME Diplomatic Correspondent Strobe Talbott reports, the issue has grave implications:

There is a political and historical irony in the positions of the two candidates on SALT II. Reagan proposes to scrap the present treaty and reopen negotiations with the Kremlin. His...

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