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October 10, 1975

GEORGE VEST TO MR. SONNENFELDT, “BRITISH COMPREHENSIVE SAFEGUARDS INITIATIVE RE SUPPLIERS CONFERENCE"

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    This document describes the differing views regarding 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. Arguing that full-scope safeguards was “alien to [their] philosophy,” the French suggested that a “traditional interpretation of the contamination principle (i.e., requiring safeguards on any materials produced in exported facilities),” would make it possible to achieve “the practical equivalent” of the Canadian proposal.
    "George Vest to Mr. Sonnenfeldt, “British Comprehensive Safeguards Initiative re Suppliers Conference"," October 10, 1975, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RG 59, Office of the Counselor, 1955-1977, box 7, FSE 3 Nuclear Suppliers Conference. Obtained and contributed by William Burr. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/119798
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