have just finished meeting with my arms control experts, who tell me that
we are still some distance from completing an overall agreement on the
question of air-launched cruise missiles because of continuing differences
over the issue of Tacit Rainbow. In particular, my experts have reported
your concerns and the three elements of your proposal.
have had an opportunity to study your ideas, and am persuaded that Tacit
Rainbow need not be an obstacle to resolving the ALCM issue. In this message,
I would like to give you a response that I believe offers a constructive
means of resolving this matter. Let me make the following points:
the December 31, 1988 cutoff date to distinguish between current and
future ALCMs is of course acceptable to me. This makes clear (as President
Gorbachev agreed) that Tacit Rainbow will be treated as a future non-nuclear
ALCM -- which it is -- and will thus be subject to the provisions in
the Treaty that will enable both sides to distinguish between nuclear
and non-nuclear ALCMs.
I am able to confirm that Tacit Rainbow is a non-nuclear ALCM, and as
such would be covered by our proposals of May 12, 1990 on how the START
Treaty would identify non-nuclear ALCMs and distinguish them from nuclear
ALCMs. In particular, I want to draw your attention to the language
we proposed in the Notification Annex* we recently presented in Geneva.
(A copy is attached.) Under this provision we would formally notify
you at least six months in advance that Tacit Rainbow is a non-nuclear
ALCM, would tell you about its distinguishing features and would propose
a date on which you could come for an exhibition of this missile.
no plans to convert Tacit Rainbow to a nuclear ALCM. But if a non-nuclear
ALCM were ever converted to a nuclear ALCM, that missile would then
become subject to all of the START Treaty restrictions on nuclear long-range
on your concern about range. I am advised that its range is less than
800 km. As you know Tacit Rainbow only became an issue when we considered
accepting your proposal for a 600 km ALCM range threshold. Under our
preferred position of 800 km, Tacit Rainbow was not an issue.
believe that these points are responsive to your questions. You should
feel free to share these points with your colleagues if you think this
would be helpful. Of course, I am ready to come over to meet with you
now to finalize this and any other issues.
I would like to conclude by reminding you that you gave me every reason
to believe that if I could move to your position on ALCM range, we would
finally put the ALCM issue behind us. Let's do so now. Sincerely,
James A. Baker, III
Honorable Eduard Shevardnadze,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the,
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Moscow
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