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    PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY ON CUTTING BACK PRODUCTION OF NUCLEAR EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS. MR KHRUSHCHEV MADE?

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    "I HAVE ORDERED A FURTHER SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTION IN OUR PRODUCTION OF ENRICHED URANIUM TO BE CARRIED OUT OVER A FOUR-YEAR PERIOD. WHEN ADDED TO PREVIOUS REDUCTIONS, THIS WILL MEAN AN OVERALL DECREASE IN THE PRODUCTION OF PLUTONIUM AT 20 PER CENT. AND OF ENRICHED URANIUM BY 40 PER CENT. AND BY BRINGING PRODUCTION INTO LINE WITH NEED, AND THE CHART SHOWS NOW THAT OUR PRODUCTION IS HERE -- AND OUR NEED IS HERE -- AND OUR REDUCTION TODAY WILL BRING IT HERE -- WE THINK WE WILL REDUCE TENSION WHILE WE MAINTAIN ALL THE NECESSARY POWER. WE MUST NOT OPERATE A W.P.A. NUCLEAR PROJECT JUST TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT WHEN OUR NEED HAVE BEEN MET. AND IN REACHING THE DECISIONS I HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONSULTATION WITH PRIME MINISTER DOUGLAS HOME, AND SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH MY ANNOUNCEMENT NOW, CHAIRMAN KHRUSHCHEV IS RELEASING HIS STATEMENT IN MOSCOW, TWO O'CLOCK OUR TIME IN WHICH HE MAKE DEFINITE COMMITMENTS TO STEPS TOWARD A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD. HE AGREES TO DISCONTINUE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO BIG ATOMIC REACTORS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PLUTONIUM OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. TO REDUCE SUBSTANTIALLY THE PRODUCTION OF U 2.35 FRO NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND TO ALLOCATE MORE FISSIONABLE MATERIAL FOR PEACEFUL USES. THIS IS NOT DISARMAMENT. THIS IS NOT A DECLARATION OF PEACE. BUT IT IS A HOPEFUL SIGN AND IT IS A STEP FORWARD WHICH WE WELCOME AND WHICH WE CAN TAKE IN THE HOPE THAT THE WORLD MAY YET ONE DAY LIVE WITHOUT THE FEAR OF WAR. AT THE SAME TIME, I HAVE REAFFIRMED ALL THE SAFEGUARDS AGAINST WEAKENING OUR NUCLEAR STRENGTH WHICH WE ADOPTED AT THE TIME OF THE TEST BAN TREATY."




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    Background: PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY ON CUTTING BACK PRODUCTION OF NUCLEAR EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS. MR KHRUSHCHEV MADE A SIMILAR ANNOUNCEMENT IN MOSCOW. THE PRESIDENT MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN A SPEECH AT THE ANNUAL ASSOCIATED PRESS LUNCHEON IN NEW YORK'S WALDORF ASTORIA HOTEL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7SC10CQLQXI7QGOWD13KY0G86
    Media URN:
    VLVA7SC10CQLQXI7QGOWD13KY0G86
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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