Finally, a START on Arms Curbs

As talks begin, nobody expects a quick da to reduce arsenals

Edward Rowny read aloud a letter from President Reagan calling the superpowers "trustees for humanity in the great task of ending the menace of nuclear arsenals." His Soviet counterpart Victor Karpov delivered a brief homily, concluding that "the most important thing about these talks is that we are now finally talking." With that opening exchange last week at Villa Rose, Moscow's diplomatic mission in Geneva, the two negotiators ended a hiatus of three years and resumed an esoteric, tedious and secrecy-shrouded but vital...

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