I fully understand the last di[ . . . ]ments of your letter to the N.Y. Times
Unhappily, verification is in my view a more serious obstacle than ever. Verification by invitation -- which is about all
there is in the BW treaty -- has just about broken down in the face of Soviet intransigence about Sverdlovsk. They plainly
don't give a hoot what we think! And the charade of the "UN Investigation" on the Thai border gives little hope
for confidence in that sphere (UN as investigator).
Without some better demonstration from the USSR that they have some interest in answering our anxieties I don't see any
possibility of a CW treaty; and I am reluctantly concluding that we had better look after the long lead time elements of repair
of a nearly unusable CW stockpile for retaliatory deterrence.
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Isn't it time that we could expect some positive step on the Sov. side?
Have you any idea what we could reasonably do to get this point across to them, assuming they belief an effective CW disarmament
is in their interest.