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White House: U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Superior to Any Nation

Oct. 30, 1961 - A White House statement on the Soviet Union’s explosion of a large nuclear device today cast doubt on the military significance of such a weapon. The statement read, in part: “There is no mystery about producing a 50-megaton bomb, nor is there any technical need for testing such a weapon at full-scale detonation in order to confirm the basic design. The U.S. Government considered this matter carefully several years ago and concluded that such weapons would not provide an essential military capability. The existing U.S. nuclear arsenal is superior in quantity and quality to that of any other nation. The U.S. today has ample military power to destroy any nation which would unleash thermonuclear war. We have no wish ever to use this military power. We are ready, now as ever, to sign the test-ban treaty proposed at Geneva. We are ready, now as ever, to negotiate a treaty for complete disarmament. In the meantime, we will continue to take whatever measures are necessary to preserve the security of our country and of others who count on us.”


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