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Khrushchev Addresses 22nd Congress of Soviet Communist Party

Oct. 17, 1961 - Premier Khrushchev said today that he would withdraw his deadline for a German peace treaty this year if the Western powers showed readiness to negotiate on Berlin and Germany. Mr. Khrushchev made his offer in an address opening the 22nd congress of the Soviet Communist party. He coupled this proposal with an announcement that the Soviet Union would probably end its tests of nuclear weapons this month with the explosion of a 50-megaton hydrogen bomb. Such a bomb would have the explosive power of 50 million tons of TNT. In his six-and-a-half-hour speech, Mr. Khrushchev reviewed developments in the Soviet Union and the world situation since the 20th party congress in 1956.


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