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May 21, 1963

ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION, 'GERMAN PARTICIPATION IN PIERRELATTE GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT,' WITH COVER MEMO FROM MYRON B. KRATZER, DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, TO MR. THOMAS AND MR. KAUFMAN, DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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    This AEC report looked at the Pierrelatte plant’s prospective capabilities, possible West German motives for seeking an independent supply of enriched uranium (possibly in cooperation with the French), the “adverse” implications of a French-German project, and policy alternatives available to Washington. If the West Germans were determined to contribute to the French enrichment project, the AEC saw serious risks including the “the prospects of a Franco-German military alliance that could constitute a European third force capable of dominating Western Europe."
    "Atomic Energy Commission, 'German Participation in Pierrelatte Gaseous Diffusion Plant,' with Cover Memo from Myron B. Kratzer, Division of International Affairs, to Mr. Thomas and Mr. Kaufman, Department of State," May 21, 1963, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, NARA, RG 59, Bureau of European Affairs, Office of Atlantic Political and Economic Affairs, Records Relating to Atomic Energy Matters, 1960-1963, box 2, N.8a France. Contributed to NPIHP by Bill Burr. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/177758
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