The United States agrees with the principle of the May 6 Soviet Declaration on compliance with commitments from the date of signature, but we want to make it clear that this means that, pending ratification and adoption, neither party is prohibited by the agreements after the agreements enter into force. This agreement would continue to apply without notification from one of the two signatories, as it intends not to pursue ratification or authorization. As its title states, “the interim agreement between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on certain measures to limit offensive weapons” was limited in duration and scope. It is expected to remain in effect for five years. (See previous section of LA SALT.) The two countries pledged to continue negotiations for a broader agreement as soon as possible, and the provisions of the 1972 agreement should not undermine the scope and terms of a new agreement. The Soviet delegation accepted the DECLARATION of the United States. The U.S. delegation stressed the importance that the U.S. government attaches to the agreement on more comprehensive restrictions on strategic offensive weapons following the agreement between an ABM treaty and an interim agreement on certain measures to limit strategic offensive weapons. The U.S. delegation believed that one of the objectives of the follow-up negotiations should be to limit and reduce the long-term threat to the viability of our respective strategic retaliatory forces.
The DELEGATION of the USSR also indicated that salt`s objectives would not be achieved without reaching an agreement with more comprehensive restrictions on strategic offensive weapons. Both sides recognize that the initial agreements would be measures to achieve stricter restrictions on strategic weapons. If an agreement with more comprehensive restrictions on the strategic offensive is not reached within five years, the highest interests of the United States could be threatened. If that were the case, it would be a basis for the exit of the ABM Treaty.