The Atom: Why the U.S. Keeps Talking

Despite his generally buoyant mood, President Kennedy last week expressed considerable concern about the negotiations to get a treaty with the Soviet Union to ban the testing of nuclear weapons.

At his news conference Kennedy was asked whether he still has hopes for such a treaty. "Well," he said, "my hopes are somewhat dimmed, but nevertheless I still hope." There has, he continued, been some progress, since the Soviet Union now seems to agree to the principle of on-site inspections to enforce a ban. But the U.S.S.R. wants to limit such inspections to three annually, while the U.S. insists on...

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