National Security Directive 58: Chemical Weapons Convention Initiative   [open pdf - 173KB]

Alternate Title: NSD 58: Chemical Weapons Convention Initiative

From the text of National Security Directive (NSD) 58: "The recent conflict in the Persian Gulf brought into play once again the threat of chemical weapons (CW). It demonstrated in the most graphic terms that unscrupulous regimes can and will threaten entire populations with these weapons of terror as long as we permit them to exist. The circumstances of that conflict renew and reinforce my conviction, shared by responsible leaders around the world, that chemical weapons must be banned. Our best hope for getting us firmly on the path to that goal is the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) under negotiation in Geneva. The United States is the only country that can provide the leadership necessary to achieve an early conclusion to a CWC that serves our interests. Accordingly, I have decided that the U.S. will take new initiatives to accelerates the negotiations in Geneva, and to provide stronger incentives to states to follow the American lead by committing themselves to becoming parties to an effective Convention and to carrying out its requirements strictly."

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NSD 58; National Security Directive 58
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