44. Telegram 1171 from Paris, September 11

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In view of press reports suggesting imminence US counter-decision to resume testing, from vantage point here it would seem advisable to draw maximum benefits from Soviet-Communist embarrassment and relatively favorable position US-UK have enjoyed for past several months to refrain from immediate decision (or at least announcement decision) to resume testing. In view concern various parts world over testing, including exaggerated concern over health effects noticeable unsophisticated countries, we wonder if it would not be wise to play to maximum this situation in light forthcoming Belgrade conference non-engaged states and General Assembly consideration US-inscribed topic for next two months before any decision announced US follow suit further atomic tests.

  1. Views on refraining from decision or announcement to resume testing. Confidential. 1 p. Department of State, Central Files, 711.5611/9–161.