Department of State Atomic Energy Files
Memorandum by Mr. R. Gordon Arneson to the Secretary of State
Subject: Atomic Energy Policy
The attached paper deals with certain problems relating to procedure. Specifically it discusses the questions of (1) the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, (2) relations with the Congress, (3) public disclosure (the enclosure to the paper lists the various public statements that have been made on U.S.–U.K.–Canadian relationships in this field1), and (4) method of negotiation and sequence of events.[Page 436]
This paper was prepared by the same group which produced the atomic energy policy study discussed with you at noon today.2 The group felt, however, that proposals on procedures should be handled separately and that the points made should be more nearly suggestive than definitive.
You may wish to be familiar with the contents of the attached for tomorrow’s meeting.
- The enclosure is not printed.↩
- No record of the briefing of the Secretary, presumably by Kennan and Arneson, has been found in the files of the Department of State. For the policy study, see p. 419.↩
- For text of the statement by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, August 6, 1945, see Raymond Dennett and Robert K. Turner, eds., Documents on American Foreign Relations, July 1, 1945–December 31, 1946 (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1948).↩
- For text of the Agreed Declaration by President Truman, Prime Minister Attlee, and Prime Minister Mackenzie King, signed at Washington, November 15, 1945, see TIAS No. 1504, or 60 Stat. (pt. 2) 1479.↩
- Reference is to Lilienthal’s address at the preview supper for the opening of the Atomic Energy Exhibit at the New York City Golden Jubilee Exposition. The text of the address was released as a United States Atomic Energy Press Release, August 21, 1948.↩
- Parliamentary Debates, House of Commons, May 12, 1948, vol. 450, cols. 2128–2129.↩