• Short Summary

    THE FUTURE ROLE OF AMERICA'S EUROPEAN ALLIES IN THE NUCLEAR FORCE OF THE WESTERN ALLIANCE WAS DISCUSSED BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY DURING HIS PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY.

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    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTIONER: "IS THIS GOVERNMENT AT THE STAGE OF MAKING THE DECISION IN FACT TO SHARE COMMAND AND CONTROL OF NUCLEAR FORCES WITH OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES?"



    PRESIDENT: "WE ARE, AS YOU KNOW, PUTTING FORWARD AND HAVE SUGGESTED A MULTILATERAL FORCE AS WELL AS A MULTINATIONAL FORCE, WHICH WILL, I THINK, SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE THE INFLUENCE THAT THE EUROPEANS HAVE IN THE ATOMIC FIELD. IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT AREA BECAUSE THE WEAPONS HAVE TO BE FIRED IN FIVE MINUTES, AND WHO IS GOING TO BE DELEGATED ON BEHALF OF EUROPE TO MAKE THIS JUDGMENT? IF THE WORD COMES TO EUROPE OR COMES ANY PLACE THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO ATTACK, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE AN INSTANTANEOUS JUDGMENT. SOMEONE HAS TO BE DELEGATED WITH THAT AUTHORITY. IF IT ISN'T THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE CASE OF THE STRATEGIC FORCE, IT WILL HAVE TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE OR THE PRIME MINISTER OF GREAT BRITAIN, OR SOMEONE ELSE. THAT I AN ENORMOUS RESPONSIBILITY. THE UNITED STATES HAS CARRIED THAT RESPONSIBILITY FOR A GOOD MANY YEARS, BECAUSE WE HAVE PLACED MAJOR EFFORT IN DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC FORCE. I SAID IN MY STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS THAT WE PUT AS MUCH MONEY INTO OUR STRATEGIC FORCE AS ALL OF EUROPE DOES FOR ALL OF ITS WEAPONS. NOW, IT IS QUITE NATURAL THAT WESTERN EUROPE WOULD WANT A GREATER VOICE. WE ARE TRYING TO PROVIDE THAT GREATER VOICE THROUGH A MULTILATERAL FORCE.BUT IT IS A VERY COMPLICATED NEGOTIATION BECAUSE,AS I SAY, IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, SOMEONE HAS TO BE DELEGATED WHO WILL CARRY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ALLIANCE.WE HOPE, THROUGH THE MULTILATERAL SYSTEM, THAT WE CAN PROVIDE EUROPE WITH A MORE AUTHORITATIVE POSITION, A GREATER REASSURANCE THAT THESE WEAPONS WILL BE USED WITH CARE FOR THE DEFENCE OF EUROPE.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE FUTURE ROLE OF AMERICA'S EUROPEAN ALLIES IN THE NUCLEAR FORCE OF THE WESTERN ALLIANCE WAS DISCUSSED BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY DURING HIS PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY.

    PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASKED:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9BC7XCQFZMSLXETCPYTH7BTOR
    Media URN:
    VLVA9BC7XCQFZMSLXETCPYTH7BTOR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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