• Short Summary

    MR. HAROLD MACMILLAN, BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER, RETURNED TO LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) FROM HIS TALKS WITH?

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    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "HAS ANY DOUBT BEEN THROWN INTO YOUR MIND ABOUT THIS AGREEMENT BY YESTERDAY'S SUCCESSFUL FIRING OF SKYBOLT - THE FIRST SUCCESS IT HAS HAD?"



    TRANSCRIPT: MACMILLAN: "NOT THE LEAST. THE FIRING OF THE ROCKET IS OF COURSE A VERY GOOD RESULT FOR THEM. THEY'VE HAD FIVE EFFORTS BEFORE AND THIS I UNDERSTOOD SUCCEEDED IN GETTING THE IGNITION WHICH FIRED THE ROCKET. THAT'S ONLY ONE OF THE MOST COMMON PARTS OF A VERY COMPLICATED SYSTEM. I'M QUITE SURE THAT WE WERE RIGHT TO BUY THE SKYBOLT BUT I'M ALSO SURE THAT WE'RE RIGHT TO CHANGE OVER NOW. BECAUSE, PUT IT THIS WAY, IF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, WITH ALL ITS IMMENSE WEALTH AND ALL ITS GREAT RESOURCES, AND IF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. WITH ALL THAT MEANS IN AMERICA, HAVE DECIDED TO DROP THIS PROJECT, I DON'T QUITE SEE WHAT CHANCE WE'D HAVE OF TRYING TO DEVELOP IT OURSELVES, ON OUR OWN."



    MACMILLAN: "I HAVE NEVER QUITE KNOWN WHAT IS MEANT BY A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP. WE'RE PEOPLE OF COURSE WITH A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP IN THE SENSE THAT OUR HISTORY, OUR LIFE , OUR ORIGIN, ARE DEEPLY BOUND TOGETHER. SOME OF US HAVE A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP. LIKE SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL AND MYSELF, OF HAVING BEEN BORN OF AMERICAN MOTHERS. WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH A GREAT DEAL TOGETHER.. WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER AND WE GET ON TOGETHER. WE SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE, WE TALK IN THE SAME WAY, WE'VE NEVER CLAIMED ANY SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP IF THAT MEANS AN ADVANTAGE OVER OTHER PEOPLE."




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    EDITORS: PRODUCTION NUMBER 8015/-/62 ALSO REFERS.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MR. HAROLD MACMILLAN, BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER, RETURNED TO LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) FROM HIS TALKS WITH PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN NASSAU. AT LONDON AIRPORT HE SPOKE TO REPORTERS ABOUT THE DECISION TO ABANDON THE SKYBOLT MISSILE.

    THE PRIME MINISTER WAS THEN ASKED IF HE SAW THE NASSAU TALKS AS THE END OF BRITAIN'S SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA98FVORKACCGG4DXTGFDOY9EXO
    Media URN:
    VLVA98FVORKACCGG4DXTGFDOY9EXO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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