Conferences: The Safe Bomb

Over dinner at La Fenétre, the British disarmament delegation's residence near Geneva, Foreign Secretary Lord Home tried a new way of explaining the need for inspection and verification to Russia's Andrei Gromyko. "After all," said Lord Home, "one never knows what has happened when you read the seismograph signals. It might be an earthquake, or it could be a bomb, or it could be Mr. Molotov falling downstairs." Gromyko stared gravely at Home for a long moment, then replied: "Mr. Molotov is not fissionable material."

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