Looking At A Summit

The superpowers agree to a missile deal

In order to sign a treaty on intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles a summit between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev will take place. The summit will be held in the fall of 1987.

-- Joint U.S.-Soviet statement issued last week

There have been summits before, of course, but this one will be something special. After nearly six years of tense and frequently stormy on-and-off negotiations, the superpowers that share the awesome ability to blow up the world will have an actual commitment for their leaders to solemnize. So the next summit will not be a mere smile-and-handshake affair, like Geneva in...