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Truman Refuses To Rule Out Atomic Weapons – 11/30/1950

Today in 1950, the 33rd president of United States of America President Harry S. Truman declares during a press conference that he is ready to make use of nuclear weapons to achieve peace in Korea. During the time that the president made the announcement, the republic of China had joined forces with North Korea in attacking United Nations troops most especially U.S. soldiers who were planning to stop communist expansion into South Korea.

The President accused the Soviet Union for making use of communist Chinese rebels as part of a tricky plan of promoting communism and spreading it all across Asia. Truman hereby promised to increase the defense in order to safeguard the interest of the masses and stand for the right thing until they settle the issue. 

The press then pushed further by asking for Truman's plan in case the Chinese Nationalist agitating against the spread of communism in their own country failed to join the Korea movement, which the president replied that the U.S. would take "necessary steps that needs to be taken" to curb communist spread in Korea. Afterwards, a reporter asked "does the necessary step include the use of nuclear weapons?" and the president respond, "We are going to make use of the entire weapon that we have."

In 1945, Truman approved the use of two nuclear bombs to end the war with Japan. The bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and, even though the Japanese surrendered, and until this day, the memories of the horrible incident is still new in everyone's heart. The reason why the U.S. was able to achieve its aim is that America was the only country to possess of such a weapon of mass destruction. In addition, the Soviet Union also develops their nuclear weapon because of the Korea conflict.

Following the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki President Truman expressed his fear over the weapon and said he never wish that the nuclear bomb will be used again. In one of his remark concerning the bombing, he said, the nuclear weapon is terrible and should not be used on innocent men, women and children.

At last, the Korean clash did not end as planned, it became a stalemate and both sides agreed not to make use of any nuclear weapon again. Finally, Korea was divided into democratic south and communist north respectively along with a neutral ground dividing the two countries, which the America Army keeps watch over until this very day. 

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Mark Hinderberg


Retired History Professor at Vanderbilt University. Love taking a portal through time and sharing my knowledge with anyone else who loves reading about history. It is my passion and my greatest hobby.