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456. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to Secretary of State Vance 1

SUBJECT

  • Non-Proliferation—Argentina (U)

The President has asked that our concern about safeguard arrangements2 in connection with the German and Swiss contracts to supply a reactor and a heavy water plant to Argentina be made public. In particular, he wants the public to be informed of the differences be-tween those arrangements and the safeguard conditions sought by Canada. (C)

I would appreciate it if you would arrange for an early statement on this matter by the Department’s spokesman, taking into account further diplomatic efforts we may contemplate to influence the safeguard conditions to be applied by Switzerland and the FRG. The text of the statement should be coordinated with Jerry Oplinger of the NSC staff. (C)

Zbigniew Brzezinski
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, North/South, Pastor Country File, Box 1, Argentina: 8–12/79. Confidential.
  2. Not found.