The World: Summit's Deadly Stakes

Beaming exultantly, Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev concluded their first summit meeting two years ago by signing a treaty that was to be a first step toward limiting the development and deployment of strategic arms. The second step has been much more difficult. SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) is the thorniest topic Nixon and Brezhnev confront. Their ability to agree on it will determine whether the U.S. and Russia will discontinue the costly and potentially dangerous search for nuclear advantage.

The major accomplishment of SALT I was its ban on widespread installation of...

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