On July 1, 1958, a conference of experts
convened at the Palais des Nations in Geneva,
Switzerland. For six weeks scientists from East
and West examined technical and scientific facts
relating to the detection of nuclear tests. They
concluded their work by agreeing that nuclear
explosions could be detected under normal
circumstances, and recommended an outline of a
control system to monitor any possible political
agreement suspending nuclear weapons tests.
Though only technical in nature, those
conclusions and recommendations represented the
first agreement reached by East and West on any
part of the arms control problem since the end of
World War II.