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From 50 Years Ago: En Route To Summit.

Editorial from Volume IX, No 10, March 10, 1962.

So Mr Khrushchev has agreed that the forthcoming eighteen-nation disarmament conference start at Geneva at the foreign ministers’ level, and not at the summit as he had earlier asked. That indeed is heartening… Whether such a meeting will have better chances of success than a summit meet as the USSR suggested remains to be seen. But Mr Khrushchev’s readiness to renounce his earlier insistence augurs well for the Geneva discussions.

But before we have had time to rejoice at a seemingly happy prospect for Geneva, we get a jolt on the important question of nuclear tests. After a long and patient wait for years President Kennedy felt compelled to issue what looked like an ultimatum to Russia: to sign a pact to ban atomic tests or let the US go ahead with her own atmos-pheric tests…

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