Nuclear Weapons: Tales of Two Secret Pacts

Tales of Two Secret Pacts

The disclosure of two allegedly secret nuclear-arms agreements threatened to complicate U.S. defense arrangements on the Pacific Rim last week. In Japan, the Communist Party charged that it had found proof in the Library of Congress of a secret Washington-Tokyo accord. The Communists produced a photocopy of a 1966 State Department telegram to the U.S. embassy in Tokyo referring to a "confidential 1960 agreement ((that)) affords U.S. right to seek ((Japanese)) consent to introduction of nuclear weapons into Japan."

State Department officials acknowledged the authenticity of the telegram, but said it merely referred to the 1960 U.S.-Japan mutual security treaty. Why,...

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