chapter  4
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THE MLF AFTER NASSAU

While paragraph six of the Nassau Statement made reference to US strategic forces and elements of British bomber command being assigned to NATO, paragraph seven went further. It stated: ‘the President and Prime Minister agreed that the purpose of their two governments with respect to the provision of the Polaris missiles must be the development of a multilateral NATO nuclear force in the closest consultation with other NATO allies’. Paragraph eight, however, went on to describe the provision of Polaris missiles to the UK and claimed that these British forces would be ‘targeted in the same way as the forces described in paragraph 6’.1