National Security Decision Memorandum 90: Instructions for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks at Helsinki (SALT III)   [open pdf - 208KB]

Alternate Title: NSDM 90: Instructions for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks at Helsinki (SALT III)

From the Document: "After considering the discussions and recommendations of the Verification Panel, the President has made the following decisions with respect to instructions for the U.S. Delegation for continuing discussions at Helsinki: (A) The principle aim of the U.S. Delegation will be to elicit a detailed Soviet response to the issues contained in the U.S. proposal tabled in Vienna. Accordingly, the Delegation should avoid volunteering any clarifications except for that in paragraph F below; (B) In the discussion of 'accidental and unauthorized launch,' it should be made clear that this general issue is to be treated as part of a general strategic arms limitation agreement. A separate agreement on this issue cannot be considered at this time; (C) Should the Soviets propose further negotiations on the proposed agreements for exchange of information and notifications concerning accidental and unauthorized launch of nuclear weapons, the Delegation should take this position: (1) We can agree to an exchange of information on events when it is judged that such an exchange of information would be useful in reducing the danger of an unintended war between the U.S. and the USSR."

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National Security Decision Memorandum 90; NSDM 90
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