80. National Security Council Report1
NOTE BY THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD THE SOVIET SATELLITES IN EASTERN EUROPE
- A. NSC 174
- B. NSC 5505/1
- C. NSC 5608
- D. NSC Actions Nos. 1530–b and 15802
The National Security Council, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Attorney General, Mr. Amos J. Peaslee for the Special Assistant to the President for Disarmament, and the Director, Bureau of the Budget, at the 290th meeting of the Council on July 12, 1956, adopted the statement of policy contained in NSC 5608, prepared by the NSC Planning Board pursuant to NSC Action No. 1530–b, subject to amendment and editing as set forth in NSC Action No. 1580–b.
The President, subject to further amendments as indicated in the Note to NSC Action No. 1580, has this date approved the statement of policy in NSC 5608 as amended and edited at the 290th NSC meeting.[Page 217]
The statement of policy in NSC 5608, as amended, edited, and approved by the President, is enclosed herewith as NSC 5608/1 for implementation by all appropriate Executive departments and agencies of the U.S. Government, under the coordination of the Operations Coordinating Board.
The statement of policy in NSC 5608/1 supersedes NSC 174, except with respect to policy toward East Germany, which will be the subject of separate policy recommendations3 being prepared pursuant to NSC Actions Nos. 1530–b and 1575–c.4
- Source: Department of State, S/P–NSC Files: Lot 62 D 1, Soviet Satellites in Eastern Europe. Top Secret.↩
- Regarding NSC Action No. 1580, see footnote 9, Supra.↩
- Reference is presumably to NSC 5727, Supplement II (“U.S. Policy Toward East Germany”), issued as an annex to NSC 5803, February 7, 1958.↩
- NSC Action No. 1575 directed the Planning Board to prepare for NSC consideration a supplement to NSC 160/1, “U.S. Policy Toward East Germany”, September 12, 1956. The supplement to NSC 160/1 is scheduled for publication in volume XXVI.↩
- Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.↩
- While many of the considerations set forth in this paper with respect to the Eastern European satellite area as a whole also apply to East Germany, the specific problems of East Germany and Berlin are treated respectively in a supplement to NSC 160/1, being prepared pursuant to Council action on June 15, 1956, and in NSC 5404/1. [Footnote in the source text. Reference is to NSC Action No. 1575. NSC 5404/1, “U.S. Policy on Berlin,” January 25, 1954, is printed in Foreign Relations, 1952–1954, vol. VII, Part 2, p. 1390]↩