Conservatives may soon push for a vote on the long unratified SALT II treaty. The strategy: Some conservative hawks are confident they can show the Soviets have violated SALT II's provisions since it was last debated in 1979, thus making ratification impossible. During his 1980 campaign, Ronald Reagan said SALT II was illegal and fatally flawed. But since taking office he has said the US would abide by its provisions as long as the Soviets follow suit. If conservatives press their case, they may get little formal help from the Reagan administration.
US intelligence sources say there is little hard evidence to back assertions that the Soviets have violated SALT II.m