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Khrushchev Sees Possible End to Cold War

July 26, 1963 - Premier Khrushchev declared today that the conclusion of a treaty for a partial nuclear test ban had created favorable opportunities for a further advance toward ending the cold war. He described the signing of the treaty as “an event of great international importance.” But Mr. Khrushchev warned the treaty “does not mean an end of the arms race and so, by itself, cannot avert the danger of war.” He asserted that an East-West nonaggression pact was required to assure world peace. An hour earlier, Averell Harriman (left), the U.S. delegate to the three-power talks which concluded the treaty, was warmly received by Mr. Khrushchev in his Kremlin office. With outstretched arms, Mr. Khrushchev strode across the room, grasped Mr. Harriman’s hand, and then, reaching up to take hold of the shoulders of the tall American diplomat, cried: “Molodets!” This is a Russian expression that means “bravo” or “fine fellow.” Mr. Khrushchev appeared delighted the accord had been reached. He urged Mr. Harriman to return to Moscow next month with Secretary of State Dean Rusk for the ceremonial signing of the treaty.


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