316. Record of Telephone Conversation Between Quarles and John Foster Dulles1

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The Sec just left the Pres. We were talking about the Soviet move in the SC. We are planning to go back at them with a proposal which in essence would say if you think this Arctic area is so dangerous why don’t you agree to establish an inspection zone as we (Def and St etc.) agreed last fall. The Sec said it did not occur to him it would require further clearance because they approved the zone but he wanted to mention it. The Sec is sure the Soviets will veto and that will put us in the position we want to be in. Q said he does not think it will pose a problem but he wants Fox et al. to study it closely and will tell the Sec at NSC. The Sec said he talked with Lodge and they want to launch it Tues and want to speak to the British and French and other friends before.

  1. Source: Proposal to declare the Arctic an inspection zone. No classification marking. 1 p. Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, General Telephone Conversations.