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Peace Dove pin, designer Cecile et Jeanne, France; photographer John Bigelow Taylor.
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Interceptor Missile Pin

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  • Title Interceptor Missile

    Date 1998

    Designer Lisa Vershbow, USA

    Materials Anodized Aluminum

    Size 4.1" x 1.7"
    (10.4cm x 4.3cm)

Weapons of Micro-Destruction

Vladimir Putin confided to Bill Clinton that Russian diplomats routinely checked to see which brooch Albright was wearing. On the first day of difficult discussions involving nuclear arms, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov looked at her arrow-like pin for the day and inquired, “Is that one of your interceptor missiles?” She replied, “Yes, and as you can see, we know how to make them very small. So you’d better be ready to negotiate.”

Secretary Albright Igor Ivanov
Secretary Albright with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on the balcony of the State Department, April 2000. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State.

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