Disarmament: Chemical Conundrum

Geneva's sometimes dilatory disarmament negotiators have been concentrating since February on a crucial question: What can be done about banning chemical and biological warfare? The answer may be disappointing. All sides are agreed on stopping production of disease-spreading biological agents, which the U.S. renounced last November. But chemicals are something else. Last week James F. Leonard Jr., head of the U.S. delegation in Geneva, rejected Soviet proposals for an outright ban on chemical agents, chiefly because it would be well nigh impossible to enforce.

Leonard pointed out that the globe is already...

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