World: SALT: The Third Round

IN the midst of new uncertainties in U.S.-Soviet relations, the third round of the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) opens this week in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Negotiators expect it to last only about six weeks, all but ruling out any formal agreement on the enormously complex subject. The U.S. is hopeful nonetheless that the Soviets will reply to the comprehensive arms plan presented by the Nixon Administration last June.

Under it, the U.S. and the Soviet Union would place an upper limit on the total number of their strategic weapons systems. Each side would be free to choose its...

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