Dear Mr. President:
With all the intensity that I can muster, I urge that, in your negotiations with the
Soviet Union, you not take actions that increase the chance of nuclear war, such as
the threat to use military force if the negotiations do not proceed in the way that
No dispute can justify nuclear war. The time has come when problems such as that
involving Berlin and the German peace treaty must be settled by recourse to principles
of justice, rather than by threat of military action or by the military action itself.
After sixteen years, it is of course high time that the German peace treaty be made.
But the world cannot take the chance of a unified and armed Germany. A Germany armed
with nuclear weapons would represent an increased threat to world peace. I hope that
you are giving serious consideration to the possibility of initiating negotiations
to extend the principle of demilitarization to a region in central Europe, including
West Germany, East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and possibly other countries.
The problem of achieving such an arrangement is a difficult one, but the contribution
that it would make to world security is so great that the problem should be attacked
I urge also that you make an honest effort to achieve the completion of the test-ban
treaty, by proposing, in good faith, some reasonable compromises on the questions
that remain unsettled. The United States has not yet proposed reasonable compromises
in good faith. Until this is done, it will not be possible to place the blame on
the U.S.S.R., in case that the Geneva bomb-test negotiations are broken off.