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Khrushchev Issues Nuclear Warning to U.S.

Mar. 16, 1962 - In a speech calling for disarmament and the early conclusion of a German peace treaty, Premier Khrushchev warned the U.S. that it was defenseless against Soviet rocket bombardment. Mr. Khrushchev said the new Soviet rocket could circumvent the radar and detection devices of the early warning line the U.S. has established at a cost of billions of dollars in an arc extending from northwestern Canada to Greenland and the British Isles. In Washington, there was no formal reaction, but officials found little that was startlingly new or disturbing in the Khrushchev report. It was noted that neither nation had placed into operation an effective system for knocking down intercontinental missiles, which both countries have.


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