307. Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Haig) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Moorer)1

H: I am sorry to bother you. I have about ten minutes to get back to Moscow. The Soviets have come in with a “compromise.” What they offered to do is to return to the 740 limit that Gerry Smith talked about yesterday and to include the Y and H classes at the starting point and categorize them as modern nuclear powered. It would exclude the G class. Henry asked us to go around and take a check of the position taken this morning to see if we could modify that position. If the Soviets under this compromise don’t retire their …

M: They could have 85 submarines and 1,000—I don’t think we can compromise with them.

H: Or if they decide to get rid of G they could keep 70 SS–8’s.

M: I think we are going to have a hard enough time with what we’ve got.

H: That’s the position Mr. Rush took2 but I just wanted to touch base with you.

  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 999, Alexander M. Haig Chronological Files, Haig Telcons, 1972. No classification marking.
  2. See Document 306.