Gore had less to show on other issues: Russia said it would proceed with plans to build a civilian nuclear reactor in Iran. And Yeltsin still intends to sign a bill curbing the operations of foreign-based religious groups. But TIME State Department correspondent Dean Fischer believes the nuclear agreement is more important: "This has been a long-term American objective," says Fischer, "and would balance any frustration at not reaching agreement on any other issues." Now if only the Senate could be that cooperative.
MOSCOW: Nobody said slowing down the arms race would be easy, not even in the aftermath of the Cold War. While President Clinton still faces a tough battle to get Senate approval for the nuclear test-ban treaty he signed a year ago — and touted at the U.N. on Monday — Al Gore is having better luck. He and his friend of four years, the Russian prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, signed an historic deal Tuesday halting the production of weapons-grade plutonium — the next step, say negotiators, toward a less nuclear world.