1972 SALT I Treaty signed

The SALT I treaty being signed meant that any US or Soviet weapons system capable of reaching the territory of the other side was considered strategic. This would have included U.S. short-range or medium-range bombers on aircraft carriers and Soviet intermediate-range missiles. After many attempts made to reach an agreement failed, the Soviet Union sought to restrict negotiations to Anti- Ballistic Missile (ABM) systems, maintaining that limitations on offensive systems should be postponed. The US position was to limit ABM systems but allow the unrestricted growth of offensive weapons which wouldn’t be possible with the basic objectives of SALT and that it was essential to make at least a beginning at limiting offensive systems as well. The first round of SALT was brought to a conclusion on May 26, 1972, when President Nixon and General Secretary Brezhnev signed the ABM Treaty and the Interim Agreement on strategic offensive arms.

STRATEGIC ARMS LIMITATION TALKS (SALT I). January 20, 2001 state. gov. Web. April 7, 2011 <__http://www.state.gov/www/global/arms/treaties/salt1.html__>

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General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and President Richard Nixon toast to the singing of the SALT I treaty on May 26, 1972.