374. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to Ambassador-at-Large and Special Representative for Non-Proliferation Matters Smith 1


  • Post-INFCE Negotiations (U)

I do not believe that the President should be asked to address the question of exploring the post-INFCE proposals outlined in your memorandum of July 27 until they have been developed in considerably more detail and specificity.2 Some of them would appear to require significant changes in the policy decisions made in 1977,3 and several might require new or amended legislation. Without a detailed analysis of what we would be proposing in each area, and an assessment of the impact of the whole package on our objectives, it would be difficult for the President to make a judgment on the acceptability of this approach. I suggest that the post-INFCE planning group which you have recently established prepare a paper on each of the six possibilities, including specific proposals which might be explored with other governments, required changes in existing legislation and policy guidelines, and an overall assessment of how the package might affect the pace of reprocessing and breeder deployment in countries participating in the arrangement and our ability to restrain sensitive activities in other nations. These papers should be reviewed by the PRC before the President is asked to authorize explorations with other governments. (S)

Zbigniew Brzezinski
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Global Issues, Oplinger/Bloomfield File, Box 31, Chron: 8/1–12/79. Secret.
  2. See Document 373.
  3. See Document 330, and footnote 3, Document 338.