National Security Decision Memorandum 158: Instructions for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks at Helsinki (SALT VII)   [open pdf - 349KB]

Alternate Title: NSDM: Instructions for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks at Helsinki (SALT VII)

National Security Decision Memorandum 158 is directed to: the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; and the Director of Central Intelligence. The United States position for presentation at Helsinki (SALT VII) includes the following offensive limitations: "(1) The Delegation should initially concentrate its efforts on reaching an agreement on offensive limitations. The Delegation must make it clear that our final decision on ABMs will be heavily influenced by the scope of the Interim Agreement. (2) Accordingly, the Delegation will continue to press for the inclusion of limits on SLBM launchers in the Interim Agreement. The Delegation should propose, at the outset, that the SLBM freeze date start on the date of signature of the Interim Agreement (rather than July 31, 1971). At a time he deems appropriate, the Chairman of the Delegation should propose that the ICBM launcher construction freeze also start on the date of the signature of the Interim Agreement."

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National Security Decision Memorandum 158; NSDM 158
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