Soviets may have violated SALT II, Pentagon says

The Soviet Union may have violated the SALT II treaty in the past 10 days by test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile, Pentagon sources said. The firing was the third test shot of a Soviet ICBM since October, the sources said, adding that it bore the same characteristics as one launched in February. Under terms of the treaty, which the Soviet Union and the United States pledged to abide by although it was not ratified, each country is permitted to test only one new type of intercontinental ballistic missile. CBS News said a special panel headed by national-security adviser William Clark will review intelligence data about the test firings before deciding whether there is enough evidence to accuse the Soviets of cheating on SALT.

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