U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower answers queries of newsmen during his 130th press conference in Washington DC, U.S.
Washington DC USA Date:1958, April 2 Duration:2 min 24 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower during his 130th press conference in Washington DC, United States. Donald J. Gonzales, a newsman, says that when the President said he was unaware of the possibility of a Soviet statement on ending tests, the U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles said just on the previous day that this has been discussed in the previous days. The pressman asks the President for his reaction to the Soviet announcement. The President replies that he did not say that he was unaware of anything about it but did not have any proof that it was going to occur. He says that he cannot say anything more than what the Secretary said after complete discussions. The President further says that they had discussed this as a possibility on their own side, that is unilateral abandonment of tests and decided that it was not good for the United States at that time. Pressmen seated during the conference. Another pressman, Henry N. Taylor, gets up and puts forward a query to the President. He asks that last week the President had told them that he was convinced any nuclear test could be detected if there was a test ban. Yet the President, in the response to Russia, says test bans could be evaded in secrecy. The pressman asks the President if he could clear it. President Eisenhower says that the U.S. Secretary of State Dulles might have said that they are not certain there have not been tests, particularly underground tests or so small and in remote regions where there would not be debris and instruments would not be sensitive enough to pick them up. The President says he does not believe that explosions can happen in huge megaton character and not have evidence of it. Cameramen taking pictures. The President shakes hands with the officials and meets the pressmen.
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