Impasse Continues

Gromyko told visiting West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher last month that arms-control talks with the U.S. could not resume unless the U.S. removed its missiles from Germany and Britain.

The strong implication was that START, as well as the INF talks, would remain stymied by that Soviet demand. If the Soviet Union is unyielding on that point, there may never be a resumption of serious negotiations.

There are a number of reasons the U.S. cannot and should not remove or even freeze missiles deployed in Europe without adequate Soviet concessions. It was...

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