High-Tech Ban

Halting strategic exports

American customs officials last month boarded an Aeroflot airliner at Dulles International Airport in Washington and seized three crates of suspicious cargo. The Soviets immediately accused the U.S. of a "bandit operation" and a "criminal, barbarous act," but the customs officials replied that they were merely carrying out U.S. Government rules banning the sale of high-technology equipment to the Soviet Union and other Communist nations.

In fact, the Aeroflot shipment contained only nonembargoed items: common air navigation equipment, radiation measurement devices and spare parts for a fertilizer factory. But the incident...

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