Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace Speech, 1953

On 8 December 1953, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his famous “Atoms for Peace” speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In his speech, the American president described the danger of nuclear war but also pictured the potential blessings of civilian nuclear applications in medicine, agriculture, and power generation. In order to further the peaceful applications of nuclear energy, Eisenhower proposed the creation of an “international atomic energy agency … to be set up under the aegis of the United Nations.”

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