Diplomacy: Salvaging the Remains

Washington and Moscow preserve arms talks despite the airliner tragedy

They stop in clusters of two and three, their eyes widening in astonishment as they stare at the 5-ft.-long model of the Boeing 747 with its hundreds of miniature seats. Details about the disaster have seeped slowly into the Soviet Union, and the pedestrians passing in front of the Japan Air Lines office in downtown Moscow pause to ponder the tragedy of Korean Air Lines Flight 007. "Oh, is that the plane?" asks a wide-eyed schoolgirl. "It's so big." Murmurs her friend: "All those people." The exact death toll of...