Foreign Relations: Talks About Talks

Three weeks after President Johnson announced that the Soviet Union had agreed to discuss limiting nuclear arms, U.S. Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson called on Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in Moscow for the first round of talks. Though Thompson and Gromyko conferred for only half an hour last week—and even then only on how the negotiations should be conducted— the importance of the session transcended the time spent.

The Russians have already deployed a limited anti-ballistic-missile (ABM) system around Moscow, and are thought to be extending it to other cities as well. If the U.S. followed their example, it would set...

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