No Yield

The U.S. resists a test ban

Mikhail Gorbachev, supersalesman, was at it again, making a disarmingly simple offer that seemed hard to refuse. If the U.S. would follow the U.S.S.R. in halting all nuclear testing, said the Soviet leader, the agreement would be "some kind of prologue" to eliminating nuclear weapons. In a televised speech, Gorbachev announced that his moratorium on underground testing, which began in August 1985, would be extended for a fourth time, to Jan. 1, 1987. He even suggested that a comprehensive test-ban treaty might be signed at a summit meeting with President Reagan this year.

Seeing nothing new, the Reagan Administration's response was...

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