Speaking at a Press conference in Washington, Mar 25, on the eve of Prime Minister Macmillan's arrival, US Secretary of State Christian Herter said parts of the Russian proposal at the Geneva nuclear test talks were obviously unacceptable.
LV Herter speaks.
GV Back view.
The American Secretary of State began his Press conference by saying : (SOF) "I have no opening statement to make".)
Referring to Prime Minister Macmillan's forthcoming meeting with President Eisenhower at Camp David in Maryland, Mar 28, one journalist asked (SOF): "There have been a number of reports on substantial difference between the British Government and the United States Government. I wonder if you would assess the extent of those differences and also the prospects for the talks between Mr Macmillan and President Eisenhower".
MR.Herter: (SOF): "Yes, I would be glad to comment on that. There has been no exchange of views between ourselves and the British since the Russian proposals were made. We have been each studying them, and the President and Mr Macmillan will be engaged in conversations next week to see how close our points of view are as a result of those studies."
Another journalist referred to the problem of nuclear test detection (SOF): "On getting international observers on suspicious events in the Soviet Union, such as explosions that they claim are non-nuclear and we don't know about, what is the middle ground?"
Mr Herter (SOF): "May I say that, in so farther details of our negotiations are concerned, I have gone about as far as I can; but I think the time may come to talk to the Russians about that, and we are going to be talking to Mr. Macmillan about that."
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Background: Speaking at a Press conference in Washington, Mar 25, on the eve of Prime Minister Macmillan's arrival, US Secretary of State Christian Herter said parts of the Russian proposal at the Geneva nuclear test talks were obviously unacceptable. It would be a violation of long-standing United States policy to agree to any test suspension without proper supervision.
Mr. Herter's statement followed the rejection by Soviet delegate Zorin in Geneva, Mar 25, of America's proposal that concrete discussions on disarmament control should begin next week. Russia maintains that this would men "putting the cart before the horse". Mr Zorin declared the Soviet Union was prepared to discuss the problem of international relations in controlling a disarmed world, after the completion of the disarmament programme set out in the Russian plan.