Arms Control: Salt II Gets a New Lease

Salt Ii Gets a New Lease

Advocates of nuclear arms control heaved a collective sigh of relief last week. Reagan Administration officials announced that the U.S. would continue to adhere to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks of the 1970s, although the agreements had lapsed. The accords, known as SALT II, were never ratified by , Congress, but the two superpowers have more or less abided by them. Conservatives in Congress made a strenuous attempt to persuade President Reagan to abrogate the agreements on the ground that the Soviets have flagrantly cheated on SALT. In fact, the record of Soviet compliance is more ambiguous than the accusations suggest.

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