National Security Decision Memorandum 140: Instructions for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks at Vienna (SALT VI)   [open pdf - 101KB]

Alternate Title: NSDM 140: Instructions for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks at Vienna (SALT VI)

National Security Decision Memorandum 140 is directed to: the members of the National Security Council; the Attorney General; the Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; and the Director of Central Intelligence. "The President has made the following decisions for Vienna (SALT VI): The basic U.S. position is unchanged; the Delegation should initially concentrate its presentation and discussion on offensive limitations and should insist the Soviets do the same. This initial emphasis should focus on establishing that here will be an overall ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] freeze, with a sub-limit on Modern Large Ballistic Missiles and a precise understanding of what is allowed under modernization and replacement. As for submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), the Delegation should make a strong effort to negotiate their inclusion in any interim offensive agreement. If it appears that this objective can be achieved only by modification of the present U.S. proposal regarding SLBMs, the Delegation should recommend alternatives for Presidential decision."

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