Foreign News: The Peaceful Pole

At the South Pole, nations wrangle over claims but do not bristle with arms. Last week President Eisenhower invited Russia and ten other interested nations to join the U.S. in a treaty guaranteeing that "the vast, uninhabited wastes of Antarctica be used only for peaceful purposes." The U.S., which has made no territorial claim in Antarctica and does not recognize the frequently overlapping claims of seven other countries (Britain, Australia, Chile, Argentina, France, New Zealand, Norway), proposed that the area be left open to all nations for scientific research "for the benefit of all mankind," and pointed to the discoveries...

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