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DIR-1987-12-07


Doc Type: 
Directive
Date: 
1987-12-07
Author: 
US
Full Title: 
NSDD 290: On Arms Control Positions for US-USSR Summit
Language Type: 
English
Pages: 
4

On the Friday before the Washington summit, President Reagan signs this directive setting out what journalist Don Oberdorfer later described as “seemingly impossible” negotiating goals on SDI with Gorbachev, including explicit Soviet approval of tests in space, and Soviet approval of US deployment of strategic defenses after the end of an agreed period of non-withdrawal from ABM Treaty.  Gorbachev had rejected both of these ideas repeatedly in earlier meetings, but would surprise the Americans at the Washington summit with his tactics if not his underlying posture on SDI.

From National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book 238