The Agreements: 1950–2
Aware that ambiguity existed, the President, later on that day, instructed Charles Ross of the White House Press Office to issue a clarificatory statement saying that ‘consideration of the use of any weapon is always implicit in the very possession of the weapon’.2 The President made it clear that by law only he, as Commander-in-Chief, could authorise the bomb’s use and that ‘he had not authorised its use’.3
[Question]: Mr. President, you said ‘every weapon that we have.’ Does that mean that there is active consideration of the use of the bomb?
[The President]: There has always been active consideration of its use.1
KeywordsPrime Minister Atomic Weapon Atomic Bomb Joint Decision Defence Base
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