International Control of Atomic Energy

Archive Report

Atomic Energy and the Threat of War

Deadline on American Immunity from Atomic Attack

As committees of the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission resumed work in mid-January, after a four-month recess, the President's Air Policy Commission warned that, failing an agreement for effective international control of atomic energy, the United States could not count upon security from atomic attack after Dec. 31, 1952. Estimates of the time required by other nations to break the secret of the atomic bomb, and to develop supersonic bombers and accurate guided missiles in quantity, are admitted to be no more than “informed guesses.” But the Air Policy Commission concluded that it would be unsafe to assume that other nations would not have atomic weapons in volume and “the planes and ...

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