NUCLEAR-TEST TALKS

Created: 3/12/1959

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CUnSENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY STJHMARY9

NUCLEAR-TEST TALKS

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is no sign of anSoviet move to break off the negotiations at Genevauclear test cessation In bis initial reaction to the American draft article Introduced onarch which provides for indefiniteof the proposed treaty, Soviet chief delegate Tsarapkin charged that the West isto give any party theright to withdraw from the treaty on the basis of an "arbitrary evaluation" of the effectiveness of the control system. While Implyingrejection of the proposal, however, Tsarapkin reserved the right to elaborateater time on his "preliminary"

Soviet propaganda promptly charged that the American draft article*on duration "woulda possibility for the United States to resume tests at anyreference to

language in the draft making duration subject to theright of any party toif provisions of the treaty are not observed.

After the meetingarch several members of the Soviet delegation,the chief delegateindividually approached members of the Americansuggesting that, "since we obviously have nothing to talk abouthe meetings should be cut down to "one oreek." Since Moscow probably believes it has fully developed Its position for the record, this apparent desire to prolong the talks suggests that the Soviet leaders hope to avoid the possibleeffectreak-off of negotiations at this time would have on theirfor East-West talks. the Berlin crisis.

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