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Comprehension
4a According to Truman, why has he used the atomic bomb against Japan?
4b Which countries have the secret of making a bomb?

Analysis and Interpretation
4c Has Truman shared the secret of the bomb with the USSR? Do you think this is significant?
4d Some historians believe that Truman used the bomb to worry Stalin more than to defeat Japan. Does this extract support that view in any way?

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Extract from a speech by President Truman on the Potsdam Conference, August 1945. This extract concerns the use of the atomic bomb

Extract from a speech by President Truman on the Potsdam Conference, August 1945. This extract concerns the use of the atomic bomb