Today in Legal History: SALT I Talks Commence

On November 17, 1969, Soviet and U.S. negotiators met in Helsinki, Finland to start working out an agreement on what to do with all the nuclear weapons each nation was stockpiling.  This was the start of the first Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I).  It was a long talk, with the SALT I agreement about Anti-Ballistic Missiles (ABM) and Multiple-Independent Reentry Vehicles (MIRVs) finally being signed in May 1972.  Alas, as international relations go, this agreement was not the end and internal debate continued here in the United States about the meaning of the agreement.  International lawyer John Norton Moore claimed this debate was “ … almost certainly the most complex and contentious legal debate in the history of United States foreign policy.”

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