Mr. Khrushchev's angry "disarmament speech" in the United Nations, Oct 11; the Soviet Premier's latest?
CU Khrushchev speaks. (SOF in Russian).
CU Mr. Wadsworth speaks. (SOF).
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 5: Mr. Wadsworth: "Now Chairman Khrushchev tells us that he wants substantial discussion of disarmament - perhaps postponed to a special session of the Assembly to deal with the subject in the spring. Apparently the present discussion, such as he urges today, would lead only to that. There's only one conclusion to be drawn from these developments - when there's an opportunity to make big speeches and propose grandiose schemes for disarmament, the USSR is for it. When there's a necessity for the realistic negotiation of disarmament agreement, in detail, with the assistance of impartial inspection which such agreement would entail, the USSR walks away from it."
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Background: Mr. Khrushchev's angry "disarmament speech" in the United Nations, Oct 11; the Soviet Premier's latest outburst was preceded by another speech (SOF) in which he calmly read out a prepared statement. In this, he once again asked for a meeting of the General Assembly this spring, - to discuss disarmament alone and to be held in Europe or Russia at Head of Government level, - if it proved impossible to reach an agreement on main principles at the present session.
One of the replies to Mr. Khrushchev came from US chief delegate James Wadsworth. During his reply (SOF) he said;
Apparently angered by this and other replies, Mr. Khrushchev, in a right to reply speech, spoke heatedly about the urgent need for agreement on disarmament. He told the Assembly that the alternative to early agreement was a Third World War in which Russia would emerge victorious.
The debate ended in two set-backs for the USSR: the Soviet proposal that disarmament should be debated in the Assembly instead of in the political committee was defeated (55 against, 12 in favour, and 31 abstentions), and a steering committee recommendation that disarmament should be taken up in the first place by the political committee was accepted (61 for, 12 against, and 25 abstentions).