Nuclear Proliferation & Control

Nuclear Proliferation & Control

The Franck Report

Report of the Committee on Political and Social Problems

Manhattan Project “Metallurgical Laboratory”

University of Chicago

June 11, 1945

 

V. Summary

The development of nuclear power not only constitutes an important addition to the technological and military power of the United States, but also creates grave political and economic problems for the future of this country.

Hyde Park Aide-Mémoire

1. The suggestion that the world should be informed regarding tube alloys, with a view to an international agreement regarding its control and use, is not accepted. The matter should continue to be regarded as of the utmost secrecy; but when a “bomb” is finally available, it might perhaps, after mature consideration, be used against the Japanese, who should be warned that this bombardment will be repeated until they surrender.

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