President Lyndon B. Johnson of the United States went on television Sunday night (16 October)?
End of Mr. Johnson's talk.
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Background: President Lyndon B. Johnson of the United States went on television Sunday night (16 October) to address the American people on the consequences of the changeover in the Russian Government and the significance of the explosion of a Republic of China nuclear bomb.
The President was both optimistic and cautious in discussing both situations. The gist of his speech was emphasized in his closing words when he said that the strength of the United States is the dominant factor in preserving peace.
He offered to enter into a "solid and verified agreement" to end all nuclear tests, underground as well as in the atmosphere.
Mr. Johnson said a good beginning had been made on both sides with the new Soviet heads of Government and he was ready to talk to anyone at any time to help the cause of peace.
He warned that there may be turmoil among Communist nations as the result of the Russian changeover and that this might not be good but also said that it might not be bad, either, if these new leaders were primarily concerned with internal matters.
His position in the world situation was summed up in his closing words.