• Short Summary

    AT HIS PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, FEB 7, PRESIDENT KENNEDY ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD MAKE A DECISION "WITHIN THE MONTH" ON WHETHER THE UNITED STATES ARE TO RESUME ATMOSPHERIC NUCLEAR TESTS.

  • Description

    1.
    LV INT..KENNEDY WALKS TO ROSTRUM (SILENT SHOT)
    0.07

    2.
    CU. KENNEDY SPEAKS.
    1.05

    3.
    SV. REPORTER ASKS QUESTION.
    1.12

    4.
    CU. KENNEDY ANSWERS.
    1.43

    5.
    GV. REPORTER ASKS, KENNEDY ANSWERS.
    2.01


    TRANSCRIPT: KENNEDY: "WE ARE MAKING NECESSARY PREPARATIONS FOR TESTING BECAUSE OF THE WHOLLY NEW SITUATION CREATED BY THE SECRETLY PREPARED AND MASSIVE SERIES OF FORTY TO FIFTY TESTS CONDUCTED BY THE SOVIET UNION LAST FALL, WHILE ACTIVE EFFORTS FOR A TEST BAN AGREEMENT WERE STILL GOING FORWARD.



    THIS SOVIET ACTION TOOK PLACE IN THE FACE OF A WHOLE SERIES OF ACTIONS AND EFFORTS ON OUR SIDE. IN THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE MADE AT LEAST A DOZEN NEW MOVES IN A SEARCH FOR AN AGREEMENT AND WE HAVE RESTATED AGAIN AND AGAIN OUR WILLINGNESS TO SIGN AN EFFECTIVE TREATY.



    WE STATED IT BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE SOVIET TESTS. THE SOVIET TESTS NOT ONLY ENDED THE MORATORIUM, THEY PRESENTED US WITH GRAVE QUESTIONS AS TO THE LONG-RANGE SAFETY OF AVOIDING ALL ATMOSPHERIC TESTS WHILE THE U.S.S.R. REMAINS ABLE TO PREPARE IN SECRET, AND THEN TEST AT WILL".



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOUR ESTIMATE OF OUR STRENGTH VERSUS THEIRS IS, IN THE LIGHT OF THEIR TESTS?"



    KENNEDY: "MY STATEMENT TODAY INDICATES OUR FEELING ABOUT OUR RELATIVE POSITION TODAY AND TOMORROW, BUT THIS IS A MATTER, OF COURSE, WHICH IS OF CONTINUING CONCERN. THESE TESTS WERE VERY INTENSIVE. THEY HAD BEEN IN PREPARATION FOR MANY MONTHS.AND WE - WE COULD SEE A PERIOD GO BY, POSSIBLY OF ANOTHER YEAR, A YEAR AND A HALF, SECRET PREPARATIONS BEING MADE - AND SUDDENLY, A NEW SERIES OF TESTS. AND THEN EXTRAPOLATIONS FROM THOSE TESTS.



    AND PARTICULARLY WHEN MATTERS INVOLVING, FOR EXAMPLE, THE ANTI-MISSILE MISSILE MAY BE INVOLVED, YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER VERY CAREFULLY WHAT THE SITUATION'S GOING TO BE - NOT TODAY, NOT NEXT YEAR, BUT THREE YEARS, OR FOUR YEARS FROM NOW."



    QUESTION: "IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH YOU HAVE NOW DESCRIBED AND WITH THE PREPARATIONS WHICH YOU HAVE ORDERED PRESUMABLY GOING FORWARD, HAVE WE NOW REACHED AGREEMENT WITH THE BRITISH ON THE USE OF CHRISTMAS ISLAND?"



    KENNEDY: "A STATEMENT ON THAT WILL BE FORTHCOMING VERY SHORTLY, IN THE NEXT TWENTY-FOUR OR FORTY-EIGHT HOURS".




    Initials KJ/N/AW/FG



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AT HIS PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, FEB 7, PRESIDENT KENNEDY ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD MAKE A DECISION "WITHIN THE MONTH" ON WHETHER THE UNITED STATES ARE TO RESUME ATMOSPHERIC NUCLEAR TESTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4UO1HP5HBV7RJ622BCXXE3BWV
    Media URN:
    VLVA4UO1HP5HBV7RJ622BCXXE3BWV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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