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Reagan puts Soviet adventurism high on his summit agenda

The speech was one of Ronald Reagan's best: measured, forceful and, in his own keynote word, "realistic." His immediate audience was the United Nations General Assembly, crammed with heads of state and government gathered to commemorate the U.N.'s founding four decades ago. But the wider audience was a world listening for clues as to what to expect from the President's summit meeting with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva Nov. 19 and 20. Reagan's answer: "I look to a fresh start in the relationship of our two nations," but that cannot be accomplished by "averting our eyes from trouble." So the...

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