385. Telegram From the Embassy in Turkey to the Department of State0

693. Department telegram 523; Embassy telegram 692.1 In discussing Nassau statement with Foreign Minister, only specific question he raised was what effect proposed British-American agreement would have in respect other NATO members. I called attention to part of statement specifying that allocated units of United States strategic forces, United Kingdom bomber command and tactical nuclear forces now in Europe would be assigned as part NATO nuclear force and targeted in accordance NATO plans, that same provisions also applied Polaris force, and that this seen as step toward multilateral NATO force.

Foreign Minister said this clear and what he really had in mind was any possible pertinence of this development to his discussion with Secretary re removal of Jupiters from Turkey, i.e., would British-American agreement constitute means by which Polaris substitute might be made for Jupiters.

I replied that, speaking personally, it would seem that, if a multilateral nuclear NATO force were immediately in prospect, Jupiter case might be considered in that context but, since even British-American agreement will take certain time to implement, I would assume that any early substitution for Jupiters would be made under different guise.

Foreign Minister said this seemed logical but, since Jupiter question so important to GOT, he would appreciate any corroborative or supplemental comment which might be available from Washington.

I said would be glad inquire, and would appreciate guidance as to reply which Department desires made.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 782.56311/12–2662. Top Secret; Eyes Only.
  2. Telegram 523 is printed as Document 384. In telegram 692, December 22, Hare reported that he had delivered the full text of the KennedyMacmillan Nassau statement to Sarper who would pass it to Inonu. (Department of State, Central Files, 741.5612/12–2262) For text of the December 21 KennedyMacmillan statement, see Department of State Bulletin, January 14, 1963, pp. 43–45.