This Day in History
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SALT II Treaty Signed
June 18, 1979

President Jimmy Carter and Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the SALT II Treaty on June 18, 1979 in Vienna. The treaty was designed to curtail the manufacture of strategic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The treaty was sent to the United States Senate for ratification but was later removed from consideration after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Although the treaty was never made official, the two countries voluntarily observed the arms limits set forth in the document.





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