President Eisenhower was asked today about the possible use of force to keep the way to Berlin open.
COMOPT BEGINS: "Mr. Herter, would you take the position of Secretary of State?".
ENDS: "...and I can certainly see that there'd be no occasion for it".
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Background: President Eisenhower was asked today about the possible use of force to keep the way to Berlin open. He replied that the Allies had never said they'd use force - only that they'd never abandon their responsibilities towards the City: if there was any shooting, it wouldn't be the West that started it. About Mr. Dulles, the President said he wanted him to carry on as Secretary of State as long as he felt able to. The doctors have said Mr Dulles' illness hasn't affected his heart or his mind. When the State Department was left with no one at the helm, the Under-Secretary, Mr. Christain Herter - limping from bursitis - returned from leave to take over. He was met by Mr. Douglas Dillon, the State Department's Under-Secretary for economic affairs - who'd temporarily held the reins and who some experts think would be the Congress preference if Mr Dulles resigned. But it was Mr Herter whom a reporter asked: