162. Memorandum of a Conversation Between the Secretary of State and the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (Strauss), Washington, October 22, 1956, 11:40 a.m.1

Admiral Strauss came to see me and reported a talk which he had had with the President at the White House. He said the President had indicated to him that he thought we should not push for an American to head up the International Atomic Energy Agency and also expressed some doubts about a Canadian. He thought a Belgian might be [Page 437]acceptable and Strauss thought there was a good Belgian. Strauss said that he would rather like to present, on behalf of the President, the atomic energy communication from the President to Muniz,2 and I indicated that would have my approval.

  1. Source: Department of State, Secretary’s Memoranda of Conversation: Lot 64 D 199. Confidential.
  2. Regarding Eisenhower’s letter to João Carlos Muñiz, president of the Conference on the Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency, October 23, and his enclosed statement to the conference, October 26, which Strauss read, see Document 156.
  3. Initialed for the Secretary presumably by John W Hanes, Jr., his Special Assistant.