DIPLOMACY: Arms Pact Sleight of Hand

DIPLOMACY: Arms Pact Sleight of Hand

With the Soviets apparently reverting to their old treaty-cheating ways, negotiations on a pact covering conventional forces in Europe broke down in Vienna last week. Just three months after George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev signed a CFE agreement, U.S. officials apparently felt that the Soviets have been giving them highly suspect estimates of weapons in the treaty region and decided to postpone further formal meetings until March 21. In secret documents, the Soviets assert that they have only 21,000 tanks in Europe; the U.S. says the real number is 42,000. The U.S. expected a tally of 58,000 armored combat vehicles, but...

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