228. Memorandum From the Acting Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (Fisher) to Secretary of State Rusk1


  • Euratom-IAEA Safeguards Agreement (U)

As you know, an essential element for the success of the NPT is the achievement of the required safeguards agreements, including one between the European Community and the IAEA. We have already made known to both organizations our willingness to assist them in any appropriate way to reach agreement.

To formulate and coordinate a program for such U.S. assistance, and to provide continuing guidance in achieving our objective, I recommend that we establish a special task force, which would include representatives of the Department of State offices most directly concerned (EUR and SCI) along with AEC and ACDA. The task force will maintain close consultation with Ambassador Smyth and Ambassador Schaetzel.

I recommend that we designate as chairman of this task force Myron B. Kratzer, the AEC’s Assistant General Manager for International Activities. I believe Mr. Kratzer is eminently qualified to undertake this task. Chairman Seaborg is willing to make Mr. Kratzer’s services available for this purpose.2

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If you approve this recommendation, I will so notify the members of the Committee of Principals.3

Adrian S. Fisher
  1. Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 383, ACDA/D Files: FRC 77 A 52, Memoranda to the Secretary of State, 1968. Confidential. The source text bears the concurrences of Leddy, Pollack, and Tape.
  2. At the AEC’s Information Meeting 777, March 4, Seaborg and the Commissioners agreed that Kratzer should be designated Chairman of the Task Force. (Seaborg, Journal, Vol. 16, p. 173)
  3. Rusk initialed his approval on March 18.