BERLIN: Khrushchev's Plan

To put over his plan to swallow Berlin, after all the buildup and the bluster, Nikita Khrushchev called the first press conference of his premiership. Looking relaxed and chipper, and sporting a glistening gold peace-dove emblem in his lapel, the Soviet boss told 250 reporters in the wood-paneled oval room of the Kremlin's Council of Ministers Building that the notes his government had just sent the U.S., Britain and France were not in "the form of an ultimatum." But, he said over and over, the Soviet Union regards West Berlin as "a cancerous tumor," and sees "no other way out"...

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