SALT I 1972 and SALT II 1979
The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT)
of 1972 (SALT I) and
of 1979 (SALT II)
Part of the
was the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Of
special concern were strategic, or long-distance, missiles that were
built to carry nuclear weapons.
SALT I and II were initiated to limit
the production of these missiles.
In 1972, SALT I was signed in Moscow by
Richard M. Nixon
President Richard Nixon and General Secretary of the
Soviet Communist Party Leonid Brezhnev
sign the Strategic
Arms Limitation agreement
at the Kremlin in May 1972.
In 1979, SALT II was signed in Vienna by
and Leonid Brezhnev.
But things went wrong. The Soviet Union
invaded Afghanistan in 1980 and diplomatic relations became a bit
However, negotiations resumed in 1982 under the name
Strategic Arms Reduction Talks