ODA files, lot 60 D 257, “TTPI—Nuclear Testing—1954”
The General Manager, Atomic Energy Commission (Nichols) to the Assistant Secretary of State for united Nations Affairs (Key)
Dear Mr. Key : The Atomic Energy Commission agrees that the United States representative on the United Nations Trusteeship Council should be well informed on tests in the Marshall Islands and their effects on the Trust Territory and its inhabitants. The Commission has undertaken to answer the questions posed in your letter of May 7, 1954.
It should be noted that in developing the answers, discussions have taken place between members of the Department of State, Department of the Interior, and the Atomic Energy Commission. The information contained in the attached answers also is unclassified and, therefore, can be utilized without security restrictions.
It is hoped that this information will prove helpful in allaying any possible concern of Trusteeship Council members and in minimizing any propaganda advantage of unfriendly nations. The Commission will be glad to furnish any further assistance you may wish.1
- On June 17, 1954 a copy of this letter with enclosure was forwarded by the Director, Office of Dependent Area Affairs (Gerig) to William C. Strand, Director, Office of Territories, Department of the Interior, with the suggestion that it be transmitted to the High Commissioner of the Trust Territory (Midkiff), and inviting comments from both Strand and Midkiff. (ODA files, lot 62 D 225, “Trust Territory of Pacific Islands”)↩