THE ATOM: The Nuclear-Tests Debate

The Eisenhower Administration's sharpest behind-the-scenes split on cold-war strategy broke unmistakably into public view last week. The issue: whether the U.S. ought to suspend its nuclear-weapons tests if there should be a U.S.-U.S.S.R. agreement on inspection. The battleground: Democrat Hubert Humphrey's Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Disarmament. The principal contenders: on one side. H-bomb Pioneer Edward Teller and Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Lewis Strauss; on the other, Columbia University Physicist Jay Orear and the President's new disarmament adviser, Hans Bethe.

The Administration had long held fast to the Teller-Strauss fundamental that...

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