Disarmament: Untying a Package Deal

Untying a Package Deal

Just after the U.S. and the Soviet Union conducted major weapons tests last week, Mikhail Gorbachev announced a shift in the Kremlin's arms-control policy. The Soviet leader declared that Moscow was now ready to conclude a separate agreement with the U.S. on medium-range missiles in Europe. Said he: "We are putting our proposals on the table of negotiations with the U.S. in Geneva."

Moscow had hinted at a similar separate deal last year. But ever since the October summit meeting between Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in Iceland, the Kremlin has insisted that its proposals on reductions of strategic, medium- range and...