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Khrushchev Agrees to Talks on Cooperative Space Ventures

Mar. 21, 1962 - Premier Khrushchev accepted today President Kennedy’s proposal for talks between the two countries on practical cooperation in space research. In a message to Mr. Kennedy, the Soviet leader declared that problems of exploration and peaceful use of outer space “demand an extensive pooling of scientific and material resources by states.” While cautioning that cooperation in space would be limited until conclusion of an agreement on complete disarmament, Mr. Khrushchev said Soviet delegates to the U.N. Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space would be instructed to meet with U.S. representatives. President Kennedy welcomed Premier Khrushchev’s offer to cooperate in space. At his press conference, the President expressed hope that the basis had finally been laid for “practical cooperation” between the two nations.

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