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Claudia Jones 1915– 64

1972 Fiftieth anniversary


David McGill considers the significance of the SALT 1 agreement

Source C President Nixon and General Secretary Brezhnev signing the ABM Treaty and the Interim Agreement (SALT 1) in Moscow, 26 May 1972

The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) were a series of conferences between the USA and the Soviet Union, held in Helsinki. The aim of the talks was to reduce both the amount and type of nuclear weapons in their respective arsenals. The talks focused on three areas and the SALT 1 agreement was signed on 26 May 1972.

SALT 1 was two individual treaties in one package. The Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty and the so-called ‘Interim Agreement’. The ABM treaty limited anti-ballistic missiles and also limited their deployment sites (to one site each). The Interim Agreement limited numbers of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). The agreement paved the way for further discussions and other treaties (SALT 2 and the Washington Summit).

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Claudia Jones 1915– 64

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