10. Letter from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International
Security Affairs (Warnke) to the Assistant Secretary of State for European
Washington, February 24, 1968.
Regarding the Department of State’s draft of February 16 on the question
of US-Danish nuclear weapons policies,2 I would
like to propose the attached preliminary revision as a basis for a joint
I understand that your staff has assured mine that the final US position
will not be communicated to the Danish Government until there has been
full review in both our Departments of the Danish position.
The following is a draft of an Aide-Mémoire (or Note, PM etc., depending upon the form in
which the Danish Ambassador presents the Danish position to the
Secretary), in response to the anticipated Danish request for an
exchange of notes on nuclear weapons in and over Denmark and its
- The United States Government is prepared to give the Danish
Government assurance on a confidential basis that we will not
store nuclear weapons in Greenland except with Danish
- The United States Government is also prepared to give the
Danish Government assurance on a confidential basis that we will
not overfly Greenland with aircraft carrying nuclear weapons
except in consultation with the Danish Government. It must be
recognized, however, that in circumstances of extreme emergency
the situation may make advance consultation difficult.
- Fundamental security considerations prohibit the USG from publicly commenting in any
way on the deployment or movement of its nuclear weapons.
The United States Government recognizes that the Danish
Government desires that a public statement be made on the
immediate question of the B-52 crash in Greenland. The
USG suggests that if the
Danish Government feels it must make a statement, it might
be along the following lines:
“The Government is satisfied that United States
activities in Greenland are and will continue to be
in accord with Danish nuclear policies.”
The USG could, of course, in
no way confirm or comment on any such statement issued by
the Danish Government.