EDITORIAL NOTES: U.S. President Richard Nixon told millions of Soviet television viewers on sunday (May?
CU Nixon on TV (Commentator's voice over)
CU Nixon speaks
TRANSCRIPT SEQ. 2: NIXON: With great power goes great responsibility. When a man walks with a giant tread he must be careful where he sets his feet. There can be true peace only when the weak are safe as the strong. The wealthier and more powerful our own nations become the more we have to lose from war, and the threat of war, anywhere in the world. Speaking for the United States I can say this ... we covet no-one else's territory, we seek no dominion over nay other people, we seek the right to live in peace: not only for ourselves but for all the people of this earth. Our power will only be used to keep the peace - never to break it; only to defend freedom - never to destroy it. No nation that does not threaten its neighbours has anything to fear from the United States.
Initials SGM/1758 SGM/1802
This telerecording gives an extract of the President's broadcast as seen live on Soviet Television
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: EDITORIAL NOTES: U.S. President Richard Nixon told millions of Soviet television viewers on sunday (May 28) that the summit talks he had held with Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev had seen significant progress towards reducing the risk of conflict between their two nations.
Speaking from the Green Room of the Kremlin Palace the U.S. President said that he and the Soviet leaders had begun to bring to fruition some of their hopes for victory over hunger, want, misery and disease.
He gave an assurance that it was not the intention of the talks to divide up the world into spheres of influence, or in any way to conspire against the interests of other nations.
The President did not mention the Vietnam war or any other problem causing tension in American/Soviet relations. But he said the United States and the Soviet Union shared a two-fold responsibility: to practice restraint in matters like the supply of arms to developing nations, and to assist developing nations economically and socially without political interference.
He warned that without checks to the nuclear arms race like those covered in the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty there could be no winners, only losers.
President Nixon spoke for twenty minutes, using notes. His speech was simultaneously translated into Russian.