No diplomatic exercise could have been more wearisome and frustrating than the nuclear test ban negotiations between the West and Russia, which in one form or another have continued for more than 17 years. The milestones on the long road:

∙DECEMBER 1946—The U.N. General Assembly adopts the U.S.-sponsored Baruch Plan for international control and inspection of atomic energy facilities. Russia refuses to accept it.

∙NOVEMBER 1951—France, Britain and the U.S. submit tripartite proposals for "armament and atohi bomb regulation." Says Russia's Andrei Vishinsky at the U.N.: "I laughed all night."

∙JULY 1955—President Eisenhower proposes...

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