National Security Decision Memorandum 245: Instructions for the SALT Talks, Geneva, February 19, 1974 [open pdf - 160KB]
Alternate Title: NSDM 245: Instructions for the SALT Talks, Geneva, February 19, 1974
National Security Decision Memorandum 245 is directed to: the Secretary of Defense; the Deputy Secretary of State; the Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; and the Chairman, U.S. SALT Delegation. "The President has reviewed NSDM's 213, 216 and 233 and the work of the Verification Panel and has approved the following instructions for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks beginning on February 19, 1974, in Geneva. (1) The Delegation should make clear that the United States has undertaken an extensive review of both sides' approach to the negotiations. The overall U.S. objective continues to be a permanent agreement limiting strategic offensive arms which provides a high degree of equivalence in central strategic systems -- ICBM's, SLBM's and heavy bombers. (2) The Delegation should reemphasize that the U.S. considers the establishment of equal aggregate limits on the number, and substantially equal aggregate throw weight, of central strategic systems to be primary elements in establishing such equivalence."
National Security Decision Memorandum 245; NSDM 245
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