• Short Summary

    AT A CROWDED PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE NEW STATE DEPARTMENT BUILDING IN WASHINGTON, JULY 19, PRESIDENT KENNEDY MADE IT CLEAR THAT AMERICA WOULD CALL UPON THE WESTERN ALLIES TO JOIN IN INCREASED DEFENCE MEASURES FOR COPING WITH THE BERLIN CRISIS.

  • Description

    1.
    TGV PAN..PRESIDENT KENNEDY ENTERS ONTO ROSTRUM.
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    2.
    TV. REPORTERS SEATED.
    0.12

    3.
    SCU. PRESIDENT KENNEDY STATEMENT (SOF)
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    4.
    GV. CAMERAMEN AND REPORTERS AT CONFERENCE.
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    5.
    ANGLE V..STATE DEPARTMENT BUILDING.
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    6.
    LV. DITTO.



    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: PRESIDENT KENNEDY: "THE WORLD KNOWS THAT THERE IS NO REASON FOR A CRISIS OVER BERLIN TODAY - AND THAT, IF ONE DEVELOPS, IT WILL BE CAUSED BY THE SOVIET UNION GOVERNMENT'S ATTEMPT TO INVADE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS AND MANUFACTURE TENSIONS. A CITY DOES NOT BECOME FREE MERELY BY CALLING IT A "FREE CITY". FOR A CITY OR A PEOPLE TO BE FREE REQUIRES THAT THEY BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, WITHOUT ECONOMIC, POLITICAL OR POLICE PRESSURE, TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICE AND LIVE THEIR OWN LIVES. THE PEOPLE OF WEST BERLIN TODAY HAVE THAT FREEDOM. IT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF OUR POLICY THAT THEY CONTINUE TO ENJOY IT.



    PEACE DOES NOT COME AUTOMATICALLY FROM A "PEACE TREATY". THERE IS PEACE IN GERMANY TODAY EVEN THOUGH THE SITUATION IS "ABNORMAL". A "PEACE TREATY" THAT ADVERSELY AFFECTS THE LIVES AND RIGHTS OF MILLIONS WILL NOT BRING PEACE WITH IT. A "PEACE TREATY" THAT ATTEMPTS TO AFFECT ADVERSELY THE SOLEMN COMMITMENTS OF THREE GREAT POWERS WILL NOT BRING PEACE WITH IT. WE AGAIN URGE THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER ITS COURSE, TO RETURN TO THE PATH OF CONSTRUCTIVE COOPERATION IT SO FREQUENTLY STATES IT DESIRES, AND TO WORK WITH ITS WORLD WAR II ALLIES IN CONCLUDING A JUST AND ENDURING SETTLEMENT OF ISSUES REMAINING FROM THAT CONFLICT".




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    Background: AT A CROWDED PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE NEW STATE DEPARTMENT BUILDING IN WASHINGTON, JULY 19, PRESIDENT KENNEDY MADE IT CLEAR THAT AMERICA WOULD CALL UPON THE WESTERN ALLIES TO JOIN IN INCREASED DEFENCE MEASURES FOR COPING WITH THE BERLIN CRISIS.

    HE OPENED THE SESSION BY READING EXCERPTS OF A NEW UNITED STATES STATEMENT ON THE BERLIN SITUATION, WHICH WARNED THAT RESPONSIBILITY FOR A MAN OVER BERLIN RESTS WITH MR. KHRUSHCHEV, THE SOVIET PRIME MINISTER.

    ANSWERING A QUESTION AS TO WHETHER HE WAS CONSIDERING A DECLARATION OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY IN ORDER TO CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE UNITS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAID HE WOULD BE MAKING A MAJOR SPEECH TO THE NATION JULY 25 WHEN HE WOULD REVEAL DETAILS OF WHAT ACTIONS HE NIGHT TAKE TOWARD STRENGTHENING THE U.S. MILITARY POSITION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACWVP0Y74R96B825H7FI6U113P
    Media URN:
    VLVACWVP0Y74R96B825H7FI6U113P
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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