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  • March 21, 1972

    Memorandum of Conversation between Chairman Mao Zedong and President Richard Nixon

    Mao Zedong and Richard Nixon focus on "philosophic problems" in relations between China and the United States during their first meeting.

  • August 09, 1973

    Memorandum of Conversation, 'French Nuclear Discussion'

    Transcript of conversation between Kissinger and Schlesinger. Kissinger wants to make Galley "drool" by keeping him interested without actually giving anything up. Kissinger worries about what the British want in terms of Polaris and notes that putting the French on the same footing as the U.S. would scare the British enough to get their point across.

  • August 17, 1973

    Memorandum of Conversation, 'Visit of French Defense Minister Galley; Strategic Programs'

    Kissinger wants to help the French without giving them too much. Foster thinks that the French have the worst missile program in the world, while the Chinese have the best. He thinks the best thing we can do is to look at their designs and offer suggestions, especially in regards to forming their objectives and planning how to meet them. Foster notes that any help we give to the French is perceived as a full commitment, so Kissinger warns that we must remain “cold-blooded.”

  • September 05, 1973

    Memorandum of Conversation—Kissinger and Schlesinger

    Kissinger and Schlesinger discuss possible concessions to France in light of potential changes in their government. Other topics of discussion include foreign relations with the Middle East, MIRV, and security in Europe.

  • November 12, 1973

    Memorandum of Conversation between Mao Zedong and Henry Kissinger

    Secretary of State Henry Kissinger met with Chairman Mao and Zhou Enlai. The three discussed a large range of topics from Sino-Soviet relations to the Middle East to the influence of Chinese communism.

  • December 03, 1973

    Memorandum for General Scowcroft, through W.R. Smyser, from John A. Froebe Jr., “Proposed WSAG Meeting on Korean Situation"

    National Security Council staff member John A. Froebe, Jr., suggests that the United States must respond to North Korea's claims over the Northern Limit Line.

  • December 03, 1973

    Memorandum for Secretary Kissinger from Richard H. Solomon, “The Korean Situation and the China Element"

    National Security Council staff member Richard H. Solomon advises Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to work with the Chinese in order to respond to North Korea's provocations along the Northern Limit Line

  • December 04, 1973

    Joint State/Defense Message, “Korean Northwest Coastal Situation"

    The U.S. Departments of Defense and State offer instructions about how to respond to the Northern Limit Line Dispute, including measures to restrain South Korea.

  • December 21, 1973

    Joint State/Defense Message, “Questions Regarding Northern Limit Line"

    The U.S. Departments of State and Defense analyze North Korea's claims relating to the Northern Limit Line and the origins of the NLL.

  • December 22, 1973

    Memorandum for Secretary Kissinger from John A. Froebe, Jr., “Korean West Coast Island Situation"

    John A. Froebe, Jr., briefs Henry Kissinger on the Northern Limit Line Dispute.

  • May 13, 1974

    Letter from Government of North Korea

    Letter from The Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the U.S. Senate formally proposing that talks be held for the conclusion of a peace agreement between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States of America.

  • November 14, 1974

    US National Security Council Memorandum, Sale of Canadian Nuclear Reactor to South Korea

    A National Security Council report on the potential sale of a Canadian CANDU nuclear reactor to South KOrea.

  • December 11, 1974

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Plans to Develop Nuclear Weapons and Missiles

    A telegram from the United States Secretary of State expressing concern over SOuth Korea's nuclear intentions.

  • February 04, 1975

    Us Department of State Memorandum, Sale of Rocket Propulsion Technology to South Korea

    The US Departments of State and Defense debate whether or not to sell rocket propulsion technology to South Korea in light of Park Chung Hee's alleged interest in developing nuclear weapons.

  • February 19, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, Korean Energy Problem

    The U.S. Secretary of State offers instructions for how approach to the South Koreans on membership at the International Energy Agency (IEA).

  • February 27, 1975

    Telegram from the American Embassy in Seoul to the Secretary of State, “Yellow Sea Incident between North and South, February 26-27"

    The American Embassy in Seoul assesses the naval clash between North and South Korea in the Yellow Sea on February 26-27, 1975.

  • February 28, 1975

    US National Security Council Memorandum, Development of US Policy toward South Korean Development of Nuclear Weapons

    A memorandum produced for Henry Kissinger laying out U.S. policy towards the South Korean nuclear program.

  • March 03, 1975

    US National Security Council Memorandum, ROK Weapons Plans

    American officials in Washington, D.C., conclude that South Korea is in the initial stages of developing a nuclear weapons program.

  • March 04, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Plans to Develop Nuclear Weapons and Missiles

    American officials in Washington, D.C., conclude that South Korea is in the initial stages of developing a nuclear weapons program.

  • March 12, 1975

    US Department of State Cable, ROK Plans to Develop Nuclear Weapons and Missiles

    The U.S. Embassy in Seoul announces that "a more explicit course" is needed to effectively counter South Korea's nuclear ambitions.