In the United States President Jimmy Carter has offered co-operation and detente to the Soviet Union, but he says he is ready for confrontation if the U.
GV & CU: United States President Jimmy Carter addressing U.S. Naval Academy graduates. (7 SHOTS)
CARTER: "We will continue to maintain the equivalent nuclear strength because we believe that in the absence of world-wide nuclear disarmament such (INDISTINCT) is the least threatening and the most stable situation for the world. We will maintain a prudent and sustained level of military spending keyed to a strong NATO, more mobile forces and an undiminished presence in the Pacific. We will negotiate constructively and persistently for fair strategic arms limitation agreements, for we know that no ideological victories can be won by either side by the use of nuclear weapons. We have no desire to link the negotiation for a SALT agreement with other competitive relationships nor to impose any special conditions on the process. The Soviet Union can either choose confrontation or co-operation. The United States is adequately prepared to meet either charge. We would prefer co-operation through a detente that increasingly involves similar restraint for both sides, similar readiness to resolve disputes by negotiation. For completion with without restraint and without shared rules will escalate into greater tension and our relationship as a whole with the Soviet Union will suffer. I do not wish this to happen and I do not believe that Mr. Brezhnev desires it. So this is the time for us to speak frankly and to face the problem squarely.
President Carter said the prospects of an agreement for limiting strategic weapons were good; however, he did not disclose the basis of his optimism following a meeting -- describes as unsatisfactory by U.S. officials -- with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko ten days ago.
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Background: In the United States President Jimmy Carter has offered co-operation and detente to the Soviet Union, but he says he is ready for confrontation if the U.S.S.R. chooses that course. Speaking to U.S. Naval Academy graduates in Annapolis, Maryland on Wednesday (6 June) Mr. Carter reaffirmed his commitment to peaceful relations with Moscow. But he said that Soviet behaviour in his view was not contributing to easing tension, especially in Africa.