Statement by Assistant to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on the Soviet-United States Strategic Ballistic Missile Launch Notification Agreement
agreement between the
the START negotiations, both sides have proposed that there be notification of
launches of ICBM's and SLBM's. Both sides launch such
missiles from time to time for purposes of testing, training, and maintaining
their reliability. The sides have very similar language to implement such
notifications in the joint draft text of the START agreement in
The agreement requires notification of all ICBM and SLBM launches at least 24 hours in advance. The notification would include the planned date of launch, the launch area, and the impact area. The notifications will be made through the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers.