International: The Secret

In the troubled sky of a world at peace, the awful afterglow of the atomic bomb still lingered. Just before leaving for London, Secretary of State James F. Byrnes sharply castigated loose talk that the U.S. might give away the secret (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). In London, however, there was persistent cackle about placing the bomb at the disposal of the United Nations Security Council, to threaten or punish an errant nation—while keeping the actual technique an Anglo-U.S. secret as long as possible.

Russia made it clear, indirectly, that she had not been offered the...

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