SALT II And Beyond

Ognibene, Peter J.
February 1977
New Republic;2/5/77, Vol. 176 Issue 6, p16
Discusses the second strategic arms limitation talks (SALT) between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Concern over the possible extension of limits on intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles; Detail of the framework for SALT II; Implication of SALT II for nuclear arms control; Information on the Soviet Backfire bomber; Evidence that Backfire was designed to attack targets on the periphery of the Soviet Union rather than the American heartland; Demand for mutual arms control through unilateral Soviet disarmament; Statement that the sea-launched cruise missile is intended not for military purposes but as a bargaining chip to win Soviet concessions at SALT II; View that even if the Backfire and cruise missile disputes are resolved, a SALT II treaty will not end superpower competition.


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