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January 31, 1980

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HAROLD BROWN TO AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE GERARD C. SMITH, ENCLOSING EXCERPTS FROM MEMORANDA OF CONVERSATIONS WITH GENG BIAO AND DENG XIAOPING.

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    The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 had an immediate impact on U.S. policy toward Pakistan and U.S. aid to the anti-Soviet resistance through Islamabad. With these considerations, the U.S. chose to “set [the nuclear issue] aside for the time being.”
    "Secretary of Defense Harold Brown to Ambassador-at-Large Gerard C. Smith, enclosing excerpts from memoranda of conversations with Geng Biao and Deng Xiaoping." January 31, 1980, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, FOIA release. Obtained and contributed by William Burr and included in NPIHP Research Update #6. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114227
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