63. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to President Carter1

SUBJECT

  • Weekly National Security Report #3

[Omitted here is material unrelated to India.]

2. Alerts

India. Despite the success of Mrs. Carter’s visit to India2 and the efforts of the Indian Government to improve relations with the U.S. there are some real clouds on the horizon:

—One is the issue of whether or not to continue our supply of nuclear fuel to the Indian power reactor at Tarapur.3 This reactor provides a significant part of the electricity for the Bombay area.

—The second is the move to reduce India’s share of IDA loans. It currently gets 40 percent; a disproportionate amount compared to other countries but far less than it would be entitled to on a per capita basis. We have also not provided for bilateral assistance to India in the current budget submission.

—The third item is the appearance in Indian newspapers of allegations that a very high-level CIA spy ring has been broken up in New Delhi.

Any of these might be manageable on an individual basis, and perhaps all of them can be managed together. But the Indian elections [Page 162]are coming up, political tempers are running high, and the press has virtually a free rein.

[Omitted here is material unrelated to India.]

  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Brzezinski Office File, Subject Chron File, Box 125, Weekly National Security Report: 2–4/77. Top Secret; Sensitive. Carter initialed at the top of the first page of the memorandum.
  2. See footnote 2, Document 62.
  3. See footnote 6, Document 60.