• Short Summary

    FOLLOWING A MEETING OF THE AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL IN WASHINGTON NOVEMBER 2, PRESIDENT KENNEDY, IN A STATEMENT OF THE PRESS, SAID THE UNITED STATES WAS READY TO RESUME NUCLEAR TESTING IN THE ATMOSPHERE IF THIS BECAME NECESSARY FOR AMERICA SECURITY AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE FREE WORLD.

  • Description

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    GV WHITE HOUSE SILENT
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    2.
    SV.INT..KENNEDY ENTERS OFFICE, AND SITS A DESK
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    CU. KENNEDY.. SOF STARTS...THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT FIND IF NECESSARY TO EXPLODE 50 NEGATION...ENDS..FALLOUT FORM SUCH TEST TO AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM.
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    GV. WHITE HOUSE.
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    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 3): KENNEDY: "THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT FINED IT NECESSARY TO EXPLODE 50 MEGATON DEVICES TO CONFIRM THAT WE HAVE MANY TIMES MORE NUCLEAR POWER THAN ANY OTHER NATION ON EARTH AND THAT THESE CAPABILITIES ARE DEPLOYED SO AS TO SURVIVE ANY SNEAK ATTACK AND THUS ENABLE US TO DEVASTATE ANY NATION WHICH INITIATES A NUCLEAR ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES OR ITS ALLIED. IT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE DEFENCE OF THE FREE WORLD THAT WE MAINTAIN THIS RELATIVE REASONS.



    IN VIEW OF THE SOVIET ACTION, IT WILL BE THE POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES TO PROCEED IN DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO MAINTAIN THIS SUPERIOR CAPABILITY FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE FREE WORLD AGAINST ANY OPRESSOR. NO NUCLEAR TEST IN THE ATMOSPHERE WILL BE UNDERTAKEN,AS THE SOVIET UNION HAS DONE, FOR SO-CALLED PSYCHOLOGICAL OR POLITICAL REASONS.



    BUT SHOULD SUCH TESTS BE DEEMED NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN OUR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR FREE WORLD SECURITY, IN THE LIGHT OF OUR EVALUATION OF SOVIET TESTS, THEY WILL BE UNDERTAKEN ONLY TO THE DEGREZ THAT THE ORDERLY AND ESSENTIAL SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENT OF NEW WEAPONS HAS REACHED A POINT WHERE EFFECTIVE PROGRESS IS NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT SUCH TESTS - AND ONLY WITHIN LIMITS THAT RESTRICT THE FALLOUT FROM SUCH TEST TO AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM. SOF ENDS."




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    Background: FOLLOWING A MEETING OF THE AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL IN WASHINGTON NOVEMBER 2, PRESIDENT KENNEDY, IN A STATEMENT OF THE PRESS, SAID THE UNITED STATES WAS READY TO RESUME NUCLEAR TESTING IN THE ATMOSPHERE IF THIS BECAME NECESSARY FOR AMERICA SECURITY AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE FREE WORLD.

    SPEAKING WITH GREAT EMPHASIS THE PRESIDENT DECLARED THAT AMERICA HAD NO INTENTION OF EXPLODING LARGE WEAPONS THAT WOULD PRODUCE ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF RADIO-ACTIVE FALLOUT AND CONTINUED:
    THAT DAY'S MEETING OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WAS DEVOTED WHOLLY TO A DISCUSSION OF THE NUCLEAR TESTS. REPORTS SAID IT HAD BEEN APPARENT FOR SEVERAL DAYS THAT THE PRESSURES BUILDING UP IN AMERICA FOR RESUMPTION OF TESTS WERE TOO STRONG TO BE IGNORED BY THE ADMINISTRATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5Q3KJA4JIRDA94ZU7S9CF5FYS
    Media URN:
    VLVA5Q3KJA4JIRDA94ZU7S9CF5FYS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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