Excerpt from The Salt II Treaty, Vol. 2: Hearings Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Ninety-Sixth Congress, First Session on Ex. Y, 96-1; July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 1979
Today marks the beginning of the second week of hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the proposed salt II Treaty. Last week we heard from various administration witnesses in support of the treaty, including Secretary of State Vance, Secre tary of Defense Brown, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and from two prominent critics of the treaty as well.
This week we begin to take up some of the specific issues raised by these witnesses. Tomorrow and Wednesday we will be address ing u.s. Monitoring capabilities and our ability to verify Soviet compliance with the treaty. Subsequently, we will examine the treaty from the perspective of our key allies and assess the impact of salt II on our relations with Europe and Japan.
This morning we have with us three individuals who as a group have served in various capacities as either director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, or as chief salt negotiator throughout the entire history of the salt process. Their appear ance here today will permit us to review the negotiating history of salt: What were our original objectives, how have these objectives changed over time, what concessions have been made by each side, and how well does the proposed salt II Treaty meet American security interests?
While we have received extended written remarks from each witness, we would like to ask this morning for a brief summary of these remarks.
We will first hear statements from all three witnesses, and then we shall proceed to questions.
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