- The Secretary of the Treasury
- The Secretary of Defense
- The Secretary of the Interior
- The Secretary of Commerce
- The Deputy Secretary of State
- The Director of Central Intelligence
- The Director, Federal Energy Administration
- The Director, National Science Foundation
- The Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality
- U.S. Policy on Antarctic Mineral Resources
The President has reviewed the NSC Under Secretaries Committee (USC) report regarding United States policy on Antarctic mineral resources, as forwarded by the USC Chairman on April 26, 1974.
The President has approved the attached statement of United States policy, and has authorized preliminary consultations with other Parties to the Antarctic Treaty to gain acceptance of the idea that there should be an internationally agreed approach to the issues of commercial exploration for and exploitation of Antarctic mineral resources.
These exploratory consultations should be designed so as to preserve the U.S. interests detailed in the USC report and in no way prejudice any options regarding the possible nature and scope of international mechanisms, understandings, or agreements pertaining to Antarctic mineral resources. The Department of State, in coordination with the other interested agencies, will be responsible for the conduct of these consultations.
In addition, the President has directed the Under Secretaries Committee to conduct a prompt analysis of what the United States might wish to seek or to avoid in any later discussions on establishing an internationally agreed approach.[Page 2]
A report on the preliminary consultations, and a proposed action program outlining what diplomatic and political steps might be taken to accomplish the substantive recommendations should be forwarded for the President’s consideration prior to the undertaking of any further actions in this area.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 364, Subject Files, NSDMs, Nos. 145–264. Confidential. Copies were sent to the Assistant to the President for International Economic Policy and the Counselor to the President for Economic Policy.↩
- The President outlined U.S. objectives concerning Antarctic mineral resources and authorized consultations with other parties to the Antarctic Treaty.↩