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    MR. HAROLD MACMILLAN, BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER, RETURNED TO LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) FROM HIS NASSAU TALKS?

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    MR. HAROLD MACMILLAN, BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER, RETURNED TO LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) FROM HIS NASSAU TALKS WITH PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND TOLD REPORTERS THE TERMS ON WHICH BRITAIN WOULD GET AMERICAN POLARIS MISSILES WERE "VERY GOOD".

    IT WAS MR. MACMILLAN'S FIRST PUBLIC STATEMENT SINCE THE NASSAU COMMUNIQUE ANNOUNCED THAT BRITAIN WOULD GET THE POLARIS INSTEAD OF THE AIR-TO-GROUND SKYBOLT MISSILES SHE HOPED WOULD MAINTAIN HER INDEPENDENT NUCLEAR DETERRENT.

    THE PRIME MINISTER, ACCOMPANIED BY LORD HOME, THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, SAID OF THE POLARIS AGREEMENT:"WE PAY NOTHING FOR DEVELOPMENT. WE PURCHASED THE MISSILE AND PUT IT INTO OUR BRITISH BUILT SUBMARINES - WE HAVE ALREADY BUILT TWO NUCLEAR SUBMARINES."
    MORE NUCLEAR SUBMARINES WOULD BE BUILT AND ROOM FOR THE MISSILES WOULD BE MADE IN THEM.

    ASKED IF ANY DOUBT HAD BEEN THROWN INTO HIS MIND BY THE SUCCESSFUL FIRING OF SKYBOLT, MR. MACMILLAN REPLIED: "NOT THE LEAST. THE FIRING OF THE ROCKET IS A VERY GOOD RESULT FOR THEM."
    THE QUESTION OF BRITAIN'S "SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP" WITH THE U.S. WAS ALSO RAISED. MR. MACMILLAN REPLIED HE HAD NEVER KNOWN WHAT WAS MEANT BY THE SO-CALLED SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP. THEIR HISTORY AND ORIGIN WERE DEEPLY BOUND TOGETHER. THEY, HAD BEEN THROUGH A GREAT DEAL TOGETHER AND THEY GOT ON TOGETHER.

    MR. MACMILLAN SAID HE WAS VERY HAPPY THAT THE POLARIS OFFER WAS MADE TO FRANCE. WHAT THEY WANTED OF AN ALLIANCE WAS NOT FOR ONE TO SCORE OFF TO OTHER. THEY WANTED PARTNERSHIP AND HE THOUGHT THIS HAD BEEN STRENGTHENED.

    MR. MACMILLAN WAS ASKED IF THERE WAS ANY QUESTION OF THE POLARIS BEING OFFERED TO ANY OTHER NATO COUNTRY SUCH AS WEST GERMANY. HE REPLIED: "THE WEAPON IS WITHOUT THE NUCLEAR HEAD. THEREFORE N O COUNTRY WHICH HAS NOT DEVELOPED NUCLEAR CAPACITY COULD USE THE WEAPON. WEST GERMANY, NOT BEING A NUCLEAR POWER WOULD FIND THE WEAPON OF NO VALUE."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAHCHROUDCRXBIAB9VV0XLDREI
    Media URN:
    VLVAHCHROUDCRXBIAB9VV0XLDREI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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