Disarmament: Reaching for the Limits

As anxious Europe watches, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. begin serious arms talks

The somber faces reflected the historic importance of the event. After nearly two years in which U.S.-Soviet relations alternated between brooding silence and intercontinental recrimination, representatives of the two superpowers faced each other across a 4-ft.-wide teak table in Geneva last week. "I think perhaps they would like to see us shaking hands," said Paul Nitze, the silver-haired American chief negotiator, referring to the throng of photographers witnessing the scene. His Soviet counterpart, Yuli Kvitsinsky, extended his hand and smiled affably as shutters clicked. "Once more?" the dapper...

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