THE NATION: Conditional Acceptance

The day after President Eisenhower went before the United Nations to propose an international pool of atomic material for peaceful purposes (TIME, Dec. 14), a Soviet spokesman shrilled over the Moscow radio that Eisenhower had "threatened atomic war" with his "war mongering speech." But last week, after most of the free world had enthusiastically endorsed the Eisenhower plan as a step to peace, the Kremlin moderated its tone and agreed to the President's proposals for "confidential or diplomatic talks" between Russia and the Western powers to work out the details.

The Big Needle. The agreement to confer was disposed of in...

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