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May 13, 1959

DEPARTMENT OF STATE BUREAU OF INTELLIGENCE AND RESEARCH, INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION BRIEF NO. 139, 'DISARMAMENT NEGOTIATIONS: THE FOURTH POWER PROBLEM: FRANCE'

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    According to intelligence reports, the French were trying to acquire from US firms the diagnostic technology needed to measure a nuclear explosion. INR did not believe that France had identified a specific test site and noted that France was under pressure to hold a test somewhere other than North Africa; nevertheless it went ahead with one in Algeria in early 1960.
    "Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Intelligence Information Brief No. 139, 'Disarmament Negotiations: The Fourth Power Problem: France'," May 13, 1959, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, National Archives, Record Group 59, Records of the Department of State (hereinafter RG 59), Entry UD-UP 139, INR/DDR, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Reports Coordination and Review Staff, Intelligence Documents and Reports, 1958-1966, box 145, Intelligence Information Briefs http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134044
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