292. Presidential Directive/NSC–361
- The Secretary of State
- The Secretary of Defense
- The Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
- The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
- The Director of Central Intelligence
- US–USSR Talks on Conventional Arms Restraint (U)
The President directs that the U.S. Delegation to the US–USSR talks on conventional arms transfer in Helsinki, May 4–8, should move quickly and forcefully to engage the Soviets in discussions of specific functional and regional restraint proposals, looking to further development of these proposals in subsequent rounds. While the Delegation should seek to secure Soviet agreement to participate in further meetings, the primary objective is to determine whether they are serious about this effort.[Page 723]
In this context, the Delegation should reiterate the elements of our arms restraint policy.
The Chairman of the Delegation is authorized to make use of the attached Presidential statement as he deems appropriate, in order to demonstrate the commitment and support of the highest levels of the United States Government in this effort.