In the United States on Thursday (20 May) President Nixon announced a Soviet-American agreement on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT).
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CU Nixon speaking (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: NIXON: "Two sides are taking this course in the conviction that it will create more favourable conditions for further negotiations to limit all strategic arms. These negotiations will be actively pursued. This agreement is a major step in breaking the stalemate on nuclear arms talks. Intensive negotiations, however, will be required to translate this understanding into a concrete agreement. This statement that I have just read, expresses the commitment of the Soviet and American Governments at the highest levels to achieve that goal. If we succeed, this joint statement that has been issued today may well be remembered as the beginning of a new era in which all nations will devote more of their energies and their resources, not to the weapons of war, but to the works of peace."
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Background: In the United States on Thursday (20 May) President Nixon announced a Soviet-American agreement on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). The announcement said that the two powers had agreed to concentrate their efforts this year on "preparing an agreement on limiting the development of an anti-missile defence."
As President Nixon was making the announcement in Washington, Soviet officials were making a simultaneous broadcast in Moscow.