Mr Khrushchev - smiling happily - received loud and prolonged applause at the end of his speech at the National Press Club Luncheon, Washington, September 16.
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Background: Mr Khrushchev - smiling happily - received loud and prolonged applause at the end of his speech at the National Press Club Luncheon, Washington, September 16. The speech was broadcast direct to the Soviet Union and televised in America.
He said the Soviet Government wished to end the cold war, and although it would be premature to predict the results of his visit, the barometer was showing "fine" judging by the first day of talks and meetings since his arrival in America.
In his forthcoming speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations he would concentrate on disarmament and the Soviet Government intends, he said, to submit to the U.N. an important new disarmament proposal.
He appealed for more trade between America and Russia and called for an end to the american embargo on sales of strategic materials to the Soviet Union. To help establish better relations it would be necessary for both sides to meet each other half way.
Referring to the problem of germany, he said that the solution was to acknowledge that there exist two german states, and neither Russia nor East Germany has any secret designs regarding West Berlin.
After his speech, the Soviet leader angrily answered questions about what he was doing while Stalin was "committing those crimes" and about Soviet armed intervention in Hungary. He claimed it was simply a coincidence that the moon rocket had landed on the moon on the eve of his visit, and after a question about the status of Jews in Russia, said Jewish scientists had held the place of honour in the launching of the moon rocket.