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earlier promise to join the Pacific war with Japan— a ready embrace of Truman's offer— but US efforts to reduce Soviet control over East Europe were not effective. Nevertheless, as the conference came to an end, he wrote to Bess, "I like Stalin. He's direct. He knows what he wants and he's going to compromise when he can't." Truman would change his mind in the coming months and years. For Truman, Potsdam was a personal success–he seemed to agree with fellow State leaders— but the failure to solve outstanding issues like Germany's future, the borders of post-war Poland, and the nature of reparations for wartime have shown the two nations to be severely underlying. Secretary of State Byrnes tried in vain, although without great success, to work with the Soviets in the last months of 1945 and early 1946. Simultaneously, the Soviets strengthened their control of Eastern Europe and tried to extend their influence in Turkey and
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Iran. Via negotiation and a show of military force the US blunted Soviet actions in both nations. With a fiery speech in February 1946, Stalin raised tension, predicting a future confrontation with capitalism.
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