Laying Down a Tough Line

Washington publicizes its stance for the Geneva talks

As George Shultz and Andrei Gromyko arrived in Geneva this past weekend, one question hanging over their eagerly awaited two-day meeting was this: What could the U.S. Secretary of State find to say that the Soviet Foreign Minister, who is fluent in English, could not have learned in advance from the American press? Well before the talks were scheduled to begin on Monday, the White House spelled out in detail the stand that President Reagan had instructed Shultz to take. The key element: the U.S. would not even consider any slowing of its efforts to develop a Star Wars antimissile defense....

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