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40 Byrnes disagreed. The sheer expense of the project, argued Byrnes, warranted the testing of the bomb. Failure to use it, he added, would make it impossible to procure money for future atomic research. Furthermore, he did not think that possession of atomic energy by the United States would damage its relations with the Soviet Union. ”41 The Soviets, he continued, did not have access to uranium and thus would not be able to make a similar weapon for quite some time. On May 29, a group of high-level officials met to discuss Grew’s proposal to alter the surrender terms.

93 The following morning Truman met with Stimson. 95 The meeting went better than Truman had expected. He was able to secure Moscow’s commitment to aid in the war against Japan. ”96 And yet, the following day Truman expressed a somewhat contradictory sentiment to his earlier statement. He wrote: “Japanese would fold up before Russia comes in. ”97 On July 18, the American president received a more detailed account of the atomic bomb’s first test. After receiving the report, Truman met with 36 US Foreign Policy Decision-Making from Truman to Kennedy ● Churchill and notified him of the bomb’s success.

Stimson proposed that it would be possible to get Japan to surrender “by giving her a warning after she had been sufficiently pounded possibly with S-1. ”75 Stimson believed that the bomb could be instrumental in procuring surrender, thus making a costly invasion of the Japanese homeland unnecessary. Both Forrestal and Grew approved of Stimson’s suggestion and ordered McCloy, State Department Japan experts Eugene Dooman and Joseph Ballantine, and Forrestal’s legal advisor, Mathias Correa, to draft a memo for President Truman.

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