114. Memorandum from Bundy to Rusk, McNamara, and Seaborg, March 261

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The President today reviewed the question of the notice to mariners in the light of the arguments advanced by the British and the counter arguments presented through his staff, and with the further advantage of a direct interview with General Starbird. In the light of these discussions, the President has now ruled that the notice to mariners should be issued on April 4th; and I have asked Ambassador Ormsby Gore to report this view to Her Majesty’s Government.

Ambassador Ormsby Gore’s first reaction is that this is a reasonable response, and I am inclined to expect that the British will go along with this date.

McGeorge Bundy
  1. President’s decision to issue notice to mariners April 4. Top Secret. 1 p. Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Subjects Series, Nuclear Weapons Testing, 2/17/62–4/4/62.