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May 23, 1974

National Security Study Memorandum (NSSM) 202 on Nuclear Proliferation

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Following India’s nuclear weapon test, the US must reassess its nuclear non-proliferation policy and how best to deal with India in the future. The author of the memo determines that nuclear non-proliferation is still necessary and can be “effectively pursued.” The memo is followed by a series of documents outlining courses of action to help deter further proliferation.

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Nixon Presidential Library, National Security Council Institutional Files, Study Memorandums (1969-1974), Box H-205. Obtained by Fundação Getúlio Vargas.


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