The United States President, Richard Nixon and Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev on Thursday (21 June) signed a declaration aimed at curbing the arms race.
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SV Brezhnev signing
SV Delegates looking on
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"We faced the situation in April where it became clear that a comprehensive agreement of a permanent nature was required, more time than the intervals between .... than the interval before the summit allowed. And therefore, the President and the Secretary Brezhnev in their communications with each other decided that perhaps the approach of agreement on principle that would guide the negotiators coupled with some (unclear) judgement while they were meeting in the United States, which gives a new impetus to the talks on Strategic Arms Limitations."
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Background: The United States President, Richard Nixon and Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev on Thursday (21 June) signed a declaration aimed at curbing the arms race. The declaration was issued as a seven principle directive to their negotiators at the second round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) in Geneva.
Both the President and Mr. Brezhnev said in their declaration that arms limitation curbs they signed in Moscow a year ago should be followed as soon as possible with a permanent accord to reduce the danger of nuclear war.
The While House said the declaration was a solemn commitment at the highest political level in the United States and the Soviet Union to push ahead to limit and eventually reduce offensive nuclear arms.
White House adviser, Dr. Henry Kissinger, made a statement to newsmen after the signing.
After the signing, President Nixon accepted an invitation to make a return visit to the Soviet Union in 1974.
SYNOPSIS: Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev and United States President, Richard Nixon, on Thursday signed a declaration aimed at curbing the arms race.
The declaration is a directive to the U.S. and Soviet negotiators at the Geneva talks on Strategic Arms Limitation. Both the President and Brezhnev said in their declaration that limits agreed a year ago in Moscow should be followed as soon as possible. There should also be a permanent accord to reduce the risk of nuclear war.
The White House said the declaration was a solemn commitment at the highest political level. Presidential adviser, Dr. Henry Kissinger said it gave the Geneva talks a new impetus.