7 JULY 1950, Page 9

I am challenged to justify the adjective " outrageous," whiph

I applied to the suggestion, made in the House of Commons by a Conservative member (and promptly repudiated officially on behalf of the Conservative Party), that an atomic bomb should be dropped on the capital of Northern Korea. I stick to outrageous. The supreme task of the United Nations is to get the atomic bomb banned completely. Both Russia and the United States have declared that they will never be the first to use the bomb. For the United States to use it, on the ground that it did not believe Russia, would be outrageous. To use it as an agent of the United Nations would only be admissible if the United Nations specifi• cally authorised the use of the weapon it has specifically denounced. It might conceivably do it in certain circumstances. But not by these.

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