CREATOREisenhower, Dwight D.
TITLEAtoms for Peace Address
DATE PUBLISHED8 December 1953

This web page contains the text of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s speech to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on December 8, 1953, outlining his vision for the peaceful application of atomic energy. In his speech, Eisenhower acknowledges the unrivaled strength of atomic weaponry, noting the danger that such weapons pose to the future of the world, particularly with the U.S. and Soviet Union deadlocked in a nuclear arms race. In recognition of the potential for disaster, Eisenhower states his earnest desire to negotiate with the Soviet Union, together with Great Britain and France. Rather than calling for the elimination of atomic weapons, however, Eisenhower urges that atomic energy be harnessed for the peaceful production of power. He proposes the creation of an International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor the stockpiling of fissionable material for such a purpose. Eisenhower concludes by pledging the full cooperation of the U.S. in such an effort, provided the Soviet Union pledges the same. This web page is part of the website for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

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