A Dismal Round of Arms Talks

"A dialogue is more than two monologues." So said Max Kampelman, chief U.S. negotiator, as a new series of nuclear-arms negotiations between Washington and Moscow opened last month in Geneva. But by the time the first round of discussions broke last week for a recess, scheduled to last until May 30, negotiators had failed to get beyond the double-monologue stage, and the words were old ones at that. Kampelman could claim only that the talks so far had "served a useful purpose in helping to bring about increased understanding of one another's positions." Overall, he declared, "we expected these negotiations to...

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