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June 05, 1963

RESEARCH MEMORANDUM REU-44 FROM THOMAS L. HUGHES TO THE SECRETARY, 'EVIDENCE OF SATISFACTION OR DISSATISFACTION IN EUROPEAN NATO COUNTRIES WITH THE LACK OF A SHARE IN OWNERSHIP OR CONTROL OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS'

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    Ambassador Livingston Merchant, who was responsible for the U.S. diplomatic effort to win support for the MLF, asked INR to report on the degree to which non-nuclear European members of NATO were satisfied with their “lack of a share in ownership or control of nuclear weapons.” Based on the evidence, mainly various statements made by leading politicians, diplomats, and policymakers, INR experts concluded that most of the countries surveyed (Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, and Greece) were “relatively satisfied,” while only West Germany was “restive” to the extent that some of its officials were interested in a NATO or European nuclear force.
    "Research Memorandum REU-44 from Thomas L. Hughes to the Secretary, 'Evidence of Satisfaction or Dissatisfaction in European NATO Countries with the Lack of a Share in Ownership or Control of Nuclear Weapons'," June 05, 1963, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RG 59, Entry UD-UP 131, INR/DDR, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Reports Coordination and Review Staff, Research Memoranda 1961-1963, box 138, REU-44-RM http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134052
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