Salt One Agreement

In its unilateral statement A, the United States stated that if an agreement providing for a more comprehensive limitation of strategic offensive arms was not reached within five years, the supreme interests of the United States could be threatened and would provide a basis for withdrawal from the ABM Treaty. Johnson`s successor, Richard Nixon, also believed in SALT, and on November 17, 1969, official salt talks began in Helsinki, Finland. Over the next two and a half years, the two sides debated whether or not each nation should finalize its plans for ABMs; review of a contract; and U.S. fear that the Soviets will continue to build more submarine ballistic missiles (SLBMs). Nixon and Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev signed the ABM Treaty and the SALT Interim Agreement in Moscow on 26 May 1972.