Anti–Ballistic Missile Treaty

(1972)

On May 26, 1972, U.S. president Richard Nixon and Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti–Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. Signing followed a series of discussions between the United States and the Soviet Union over the course of several years, beginning in 1969. The acronym SALT refers to this round of “strategic arms-limitation talks” with the purpose of controlling nuclear weapons and slowing the arms race between the two nations at a time when each nation had the weapons to destroy the other many times over. SALT I is the term used to distinguish the talks from a...

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Richard M. Nixon (Library of Congress)

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