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September 23, 1975

MEMORANDUM FROM GEORGE S. VEST TO SECRETARY OF STATE, 'SEPTEMBER 16-17 NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS' MEETING'

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    The September 1975 meeting of the suppliers’ group brought out a conflict over a decisive issue, whether supplying countries should require recipient countries to place all nuclear facilities under safeguards or require them only for the technology and supplies at issue in the contract (“project safeguards”). The Canadians strongly supported the former, “full scope safeguards” (their terminology, which caught on), which the French saw as “tantamount to imposing NPT obligations” --a reference to the Treaty’s Article III--which they would not accept.
    "Memorandum from George S. Vest to Secretary of State, 'September 16-17 Nuclear Suppliers' Meeting'," September 23, 1975, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, State Department release from P-reels. Obtained and contributed by William Burr. Annotations added by William Burr. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/119796
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