82. Transcript of a Telephone Conversation Between President Nixon and the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1

[Omitted here is discussion unrelated to Chile.]

[K:] The big problem today is Chile.

P: Their stock market went to hell.

K: I had a call last night from McCone and Kendall this morning. McCone thinks it would be a catastrophe if we let it go. Latin American Bureau at State is against doing anything. Korry has stopped all appointments unless they come to him.

P: Did I see those instructions? I want to see them.

K: They came over here and one of my staff members agreed to it.

P: I am following it and I want a personal note to State that I want to see all cables to Chile.

K: Maybe I should send a backchannel to Korry saying you are interested in keeping it open.

P: By all means. I want an appraisal of what the options are. The options are having another run-off election.

K: Helms has sent someone down for a first hand look to give their appraisal.

P: Does State want to give them aid?

K: Let Alicande [Alessandri] come in and see what we can work out and work out opposition to him.

P: Like against Castro? Like in Czech.? The same people said the same thing. Don’t let them do that. Meyer knows better. Tell Kendall to call Meyer.

K: I did and he is beside himself. Augustin Edwards has escaped and is coming here Monday. I am going to meet with him on Monday for his feel of the situation.2

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P: We don’t want a big story leaking out that we are trying to overthrow the Govt. We want his judgement on the possibility of a run-off election.

K: I will do that. That’s essential.

P: It’s going to hell so fast. Their stock market is down 50%.

K: Korry sent in a cable today that said while you meet in committees [omission is in the original]

P: Korry may have wanted to put us on the spot. He is a Kennedy Democrat. Get a backchannel to him right away.3

K: Exactly. We will have a meeting on Mon. The British Ambassador called this morning and said he feels he must greet you at Chequers. I know your preference but I said I would check with you and get back to him.

P: Lunch there? We will do it.

K: I will call Freeman.

  1. Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box 364, Telephone Conversations, Chronological File. No classification marking.
  2. Kissinger met with Kendall and Edwards for an 8 a.m. breakfast meeting on Monday, September 14. (Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box 438, Miscellany, 1968–1976, Record of Schedule) No other record of this meeting has been found.
  3. See footnote 2, Document 83.