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U.S. to Soviets: Don’t Explode 50-Megaton Weapon

Oct. 17, 1961 - The U.S. called upon the Soviet Union today to reconsider the planned explosion of a fifty-megaton atomic weapon. Such an explosion would serve “no legitimate purpose,” a statement by the White House said. The statement said that the testing of a 50-megaton bomb was not essential for either military or technical reasons and would only have the effect of adding to the radioactive fallout produced by the current intensive series of atomic tests by the Soviet Union.


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