For nine talk-filled years, the U.N. has attempted to work out a plan for disarmament and the prohibition of atomic weapons. Though Russia unceasingly proclaimed its desire to "ban the bomb," it would not consent to a foolproof system of inspection and controls. Then, five weeks ago, Russia's Vishinsky quickened a few U.N. pulses by hinting that Russia might agree to a British-French plan for a step-by-step suppression of nuclear weapons. To U.S. experts, Vishinsky's seeming concession still looked like a plan with a built-in veto against thorough inspection—and the stalemate continued. Last week in the...

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