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DIR-1987-06-13


Doc Type: 
Directive
Date: 
1987-06-13
Author: 
US
Full Title: 
NSDD 278: Establishing a U.S. Negotiating Position on SRINF Missiles
Language Type: 
English
Pages: 
1

This directive essentially codified the “double zero” agreement announced formally the previous day at the semiannual NATO ministerial meeting, after a period of heated debate among NATO leaders, with West Germany’s Kohl most in favor of the approach and Britain’s Thatcher most dubious.  But the document’s second paragraph ends with what would become the sticking point to the negotiations – the status of the Pershing missiles belonging to West Germany.  Ultimately, after what President Reagan described in his memoirs as his own private plea to Kohl, the West German leader would announce on August 26 that the German Pershings would be eliminated once the U.S. and Soviet missiles were.

From National Security Archive electronic briefing book 238

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB238/index.htm