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ATOMS FOR PEACE

stampOn 8 December 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed 3,500 delegates at the 470th Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. His speech, entitled "Atoms for Peace" aimed to focus on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. President Eisenhower challenged the British and the Soviets to contribute fissionable materials from their nuclear stockpiles to put in an international atomic energy agency under auspices of the United Nations. Eisenhower presented the idea of the International Atomic Energy Agency as "a new channel for peaceful discussion." Eisenhower's uplifting speech aimed to convey a sense of security for the American people after the devastating effects of the use of the atomic bomb in Japan at the end of World War II. President Eisenhower's government propaganda team broadcast his "Atoms for Peace" speech widely.

 

eisenhowerThe IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency, was created in 1957 due to building tension and fear over the development of nuclear energy. It was created, by the suggestion of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to use atomic energy in peaceful ways, namely for agricultural and medicinal means as well as for electricity. Eighty-one nations approved the statute of the IAEA, which outlined the mission of the Agency. The three main goals of the IAEA were: safety, nuclear verification and security, and finally, the transfer of technology.

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