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What Does Salt Stand For

What does SALT stand for with regard to the Cold War?

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SALT an acronym to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks which were two rounds of talks between the United States and the Soviet Union. The first round of negotiations (SALT 1) led to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the two countries. The agreement was aimed at creating a state of safety for both countries who were actively engaged in developing both their nuclear weapons and upgrading their defenses to nuclear involved attacks. To prevent an arms race and strikes following installation of new defenses made these talks essential to at least control the situation. The agreements also led to better relations between the United States and the Soviet Union the two Cold War superpowers. A continuation of the first round of talks (SALT 2) revolved around the issue of Strategic nuclear weapons manufacture. The point of the second talks was aimed at reducing the number of Multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs) being loaded on their intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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The acronym "SALT" stands for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.  "Strategic Arms" was a euphemism for nuclear weapons.  The SALT negotiations produced two treaties between the United States and the Soviet Union.  The first was SALT I, which was signed in 1972.  Immediately after that was signed, negotiations began for a second treaty.  This treaty is known as SALT II.  It was completed in 1979.  SALT I was essentially a moratorium on building certain kinds of systems or on building more of them.  SALT II actually called for reductions in the number of nuclear weapons in the arsenals of the two sides.

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