3. DETAILED USSR NUCLEAR PROPOSAL IGNORED BY THE
When the USSR representatives walk out of arms control talks, President
Regan vilifies them and the U.S. press provides front page coverage
to their militant posture. But when the USSR makes a detailed public
proposal to remove the threat of nuclear war, it seems to fail on deaf'
Such a proposal was made on October 5, 1983, by Andrei Gromyko, First
Deputy Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers and USSR Minister of
Foreign Affairs, in two letters to Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary-General
of the United Nations. Along with the letters were draft resolutions
for freezing nuclear weapons and condemning nuclear war.
The draft resolution for a nuclear freeze included the following points:
"Urges all states having nuclear weapons to agree to freeze,
under appropriate verification, all nuclear arms in their possession
both in quantitative and qualitative terms, namely:
-- To cease the buildup or all components of nuclear arsenals, including
all kinds of nuclear-weapons delivery system and all kinds of nuclear
-- Not to deploy nuclear arms of new kinds and types
-- To establish a moratorium on all tests of nuclear weapons and
on tests of new kinds and types of delivery systems
-- To stop the production of fissionable materials for the purpose
of creating nuclear weapons."
It also called for the "USSR and the USA, which possess the largest
nuclear arsenals, to freeze, in the first place and simultaneously,
their nuclear arms on a bilateral basis by way of example to the other
The draft resolution on nuclear war expressed alarm on the growing
threat of nuclear war and condemned it as being contrary to human conscience
and reasons ... a violation of the foremost human right -- the right
It would seem that Gromyko's words echo the sentiments of U.S. scientists
like Carl Sagan and Paul Ehrlich as well as millions of Americans increasingly
concerned about nuclear war.
Gromyko's nuclear freeze proposal and peace offering were published
in detail in Soviet Life Magazine, a Russian periodical distributed
in the United States.
When an "enemy" makes a detailed public proposal for peace
and understanding, it deserves to be discussed and tested for sincerity.
This did not happen to Gromyko's proposals of October 5, 1983.
SOVIET LIFE MAGAZINE, December, 1983, Page 15.