21. Memorandum for the Record1


  • NSC Meeting2

I briefed the NSC on the following items as per the attached briefing notes:3

[Here follow a list of subjects of the briefing and discussion of matters not related to China.]

Rusk stated that it was his and the Department’s opinion that CIA was in no way overstating the depth of the Sino-Soviet split, indicating that the Department was studying carefully any evidence of actions by one party of the controversy against the other. He said no physical actions were discernible as yet but Rusk raised the question of the possibility of the abrogation of the Soviet-ChiCom Mutual Defense Treaty.4

Action: We should continue to study this problem in depth and confer from time to time with State. I should be kept informed for personal discussions with Rusk.

[Here follows discussion of matters not related to China.]

  1. Source: Central Intelligence Agency, DCI (McCone) Files: Job 80–B01285A, Box 6, Folder 7, DCI Mtgs with the Pres, Jan-Apr 1964. Secret; Eyes Only. Drafted by McCone.
  2. The meeting was held from 12:10 to 12:35 p.m. (Johnson Library, President’s Daily Diaries)
  3. Attached but not printed.
  4. The Treaty of Friendship, Alliance, and Mutual Assistance, signed at Moscow on February 14, 1950; for text, see UNTS 226:5.