Ford and Brezhnev (USSR) sign the Vladivostok Accord, providing the basis for
which is signed in 1979 and evolves into START.
Ford embarks on US-Iranian nuclear energy cooperation.
NSC Memo: US-Iran Nuclear Cooperation. Also see the USís Negotiating Position with Iran one year later NSC Memo and the origins of the deal one year prior NSC Study:
US-Iran Agreement on Cooperation in Civil Uses of Atomic Energy
US Ad for Nuclear Energy.
Brazilian President Lula da Silva signs an agreement with West German Chancellor Schmidt to obtain significant nuclear technology.
Ford objects, but can only persuade West Germany to impose safeguards.
The Nuclear Suppliers Group, a multinational body dedicated to controlling the export and
re-transfer of nuclear materials, is formed in response to Indian nuclear tests.
Ford signs the Helsinki
Accords, reducing Cold War tensions and moving towards dťtente.
in Helsnki before the Conference on Security and Cooperation
in Europe. This policy is sharply criticized by Great Britainís
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. See Thatcherís
Speech to Chelsea Conservative Association.
Ford and Brezhnev (USSR) sign the
Underground Nuclear Explosions for Peaceful Purposes (PNE) Treaty.
The treaty clarifies and expands the Threshold Test Ban Treaty and enters into force in 1990.
Ford with Brezhnev
In his State
of the Union speech,
Ford calls for the US to build the Trident missile launching
submarine, B-1 bomber, and a more advanced ICBM.