105. Letter From the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Arms Control Matters (Nitze) to Secretary of State Shultz1
As tasked at the April 26 SACG meeting,2 Jack Chain circulated a set of talking points3 to SACG principals that would be the basis for your presentation to Gromyko on arms control (I understand a copy has been sent to you).
I believe those points constitute a good basis for your discussion with Gromyko—taking him to task for the lack of forthcomingness in the Soviet approach in Round I, for Soviet backtracking from previous positions, and for their distortion of the January 8 joint statement4 by making agreement to their “space-strike” arms ban a precondition for movement on offensive arms reductions. The points also reiterate the flexibility our negotiators have on START and INF.
However, I believe you should be authorized to make some stronger points on defense and space, and that you should have contingency authority—if the situation in Vienna warrants—to give Gromyko some elaborations on our positions on strategic and intermediate-range nuclear arms reductions. I understand that EUR takes a similar view on these three areas.
SACG principals were asked to comment to McFarlane’s office by COB Monday, May 6 on the talking points circulated by Jack. Attached is the memorandum I have sent in response to that request.
- Source: Department of State, Lot 90D397, Ambassador Nitze’s Personal Files 1953, 1972–1989, Box 4, May 85. Secret; Sensitive.↩
- Handwritten notes of this meeting are in the Reagan Library, Linhard Files, SACG—Prior to Round II/Interim Restrain (Apr–May 1985 (1).↩
- Not found.↩
- See footnote 3, Document 100.↩
- Nitze signed the letter “Paul” above his typed signature.↩
- Secret; Sensitive. Copied to Ikle, Perle, Moreau, George, Adelman, Cooper, Burt, Chain, Rowny, Kampelman, Tower, and Glitman.↩