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CARTER, James Earl. Photograph signed ("Jimmy Carter") as President, showing the ceremony of the signing of the SALT II Treaty, Vienna, 18 June 1979. Color photograph, oblong (8 x 10 in.), verso stamped "Official Photograph  The White House," boldly signed in black marker in wide blank lower border.
CARTER, James Earl. Photograph signed ("Jimmy Carter") as President, showing the ceremony of the signing of the SALT II Treaty, Vienna, 18 June 1979. Color photograph, oblong (8 x 10 in.), verso stamped "Official Photograph The White House," boldly signed in black marker in wide blank lower border.

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CARTER, James Earl. Photograph signed ("Jimmy Carter") as President, showing the ceremony of the signing of the SALT II Treaty, Vienna, 18 June 1979. Color photograph, oblong (8 x 10 in.), verso stamped "Official Photograph The White House," boldly signed in black marker in wide blank lower border.

A dramatic image of the culmination of extensive negotiations on arms limitation between the two superpowers: a smiling Jimmy Carter, flanked on his right by a panoply of American cabinet members (Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Secretary of Defense Harold Brown and others, including a smiling Zbiegnew Brezezinzki), exchanges signed copies of the treaty with a portly, bespectacled Leonid Brezhnev, who is in turn flanked by an array of Soviet diplomatic and military brass.

THE SIGNING OF A NEVER-RATIFIED TREATY

The second treaty negotiated at the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, calling for significant phased reductions in arms, was signed by Brezhnev and Carter with the usual diplomatic fanfare and photo-ops, but when the treaty came up for ratification, it ran into considerable opposition. When the Soviets invaded Afganistan, in December 1979, it was shelved, permanently.

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