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September 26, 1997
JOINT AGREED STATEMENT

For the purposes of the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of January 3, 1993 (START II), and without prejudice to the provisions of the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of July 31, 1991, the Parties agree that Article III of START II shall be understood by both Parties as allowing reductions in the number of warheads attributed to Minuteman III ICBMs to be carried out at any time before December 31, 2007.
 
 


PRIMAKOV LETTER ON EARLY DEACTIVATION

26 September 1997
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Dear Madam Secretary:

On behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation, in connection with the Treaty Between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of January 3, 1993, hereinafter referred to as the Treaty, I have the honor to propose that agreement be concluded between our Governments on deactivation of certain strategic nuclear delivery vehicles.

Under this agreement our Governments would agree that upon entry into force of the Treaty, the Russian Federation and the United States of America shall deactivate, by December 31, 2003, all strategic nuclear delivery vehicles which will be eliminated under the Treaty, by removing their nuclear reentry vehicles or taking other jointly agreed steps.

Immediately upon entry into force of the Treaty, experts of the Parties will begin work simultaneously both on the understandings concerning methods of deactivation as well as parameters of an appropriate program of assistance of the United States of America in implementation of the deactivation mentioned above. Practical steps to implement deactivation will be undertaken on the basis of these understandings.

Taking into account the supreme national interests of the country, the Russian Federation proceeds from the understanding that well in advance of the above deactivation deadline the START III Treaty will be achieved and enter into force.

This letter together with your response shall constitute agreement between the Governments of the Russian Federation and the United States of America, which shall enter into force on the date of entry into force of the Treaty and shall remain in force as long as the Treaty remains in force.

Please accept, Madam Secretary, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Y. Primakov

Her Excellency, Madeleine K. Albright,
Secretary of State
The United States of America, Washington

 
 





ALBRIGHT LETTER ON EARLY DEACTIVATION

26 September 1997
THE SECRETARY OF STATE
WASHINGTON

Dear Mr. Minister:

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I have the honor to accept the proposal set forth in your letter of this date to conclude, in connection with the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of January 3, 1993, hereinafter referred to as the Treaty, agreement between our Governments on deactivation of certain strategic nuclear delivery vehicles.

Under this agreement our Governments would agree that upon entry into force of the Treaty, the United States of America and the Russian Federation shall deactivate, by December 31, 2003, all strategic nuclear delivery vehicles which will be eliminated under the Treaty, by removing their nuclear reentry vehicles or taking other jointly agreed steps.

Immediately upon entry into force of the Treaty, experts of the Parties will begin work simultaneously both on the understandings concerning methods of deactivation as well as parameters of an appropriate program of assistance of the United States of America in implementation of the deactivation mentioned above. Practical steps to implement deactivation will be undertaken on the basis of these understandings.

The Government of the United States of America notes the statement of the Russian Federation position on the issue of START III entry into force.

This response together with your letter shall constitute agreement between the Governments of the United States of America and the Russian Federation, which shall enter into force on the date of entry into force of the Treaty and shall remain in force as long as the Treaty remains in force.

Please accept, Mr. Minister, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Sincerely,


Madeleine K. Albright

The Honorable Yevgeniy Maksimovich Primakov,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of,
the Russian Federation, New York.