An East-West Cold Front

Hopes fade for a spring thaw between Moscow and Washington

It was the kind of statesmanlike undertaking that Presidents relish unveiling in the course of a televised news conference. "I have an important announcement," said Ronald Reagan last week in the East Room of the White House. "In two weeks I will send Vice President Bush to Geneva to present to the 40-nation conference on disarmament a bold American initiative for a comprehensive worldwide ban on chemical weapons." Just in case anyone had missed the larger message, the President added: "This latest initiative reflects...

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