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500. Memorandum From the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Aaron) to Secretary of State Vance, Secretary of Defense Brown, Secretary of Energy Schlesinger, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (McIntyre), the Representative to the United Nations (Young), the Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (Warnke), the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Jones), the Director of Central Intelligence (Turner), and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (Press)1

SUBJECT

  • Cutoff of Fissionable Materials and the SSOD

The President has clarified, as follows, our position at the UN Special Session on Disarmament on the issue of the cutoff of production of fissionable materials for nuclear weapons:

The U.S. Government is not prepared, at this time, to agree to enter into specific negotiations on a cut-off, should such negotiations be proposed by other states. However, we should be prepared to go along with a final document of the SSOD which includes a general call for negotiations on a cut-off.

David Aaron
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Brzezinski Office File, Subject Chron File, Box 118, Special Session on Disarmament: 6–7/78. Secret.