The Presidency: Toward Vienna

John F. Kennedy wanted a size-up, not a summit. And he had been wanting it for a longer time than he had let on. Last week he made it official: on June 3, just after his visit to France's President Charles de Gaulle, President Kennedy will fly to Vienna for two days of informal, agenda-free talks with Nikita Khrushchev. Said the White House announcement, carefully worded to avoid raising any false hopes—or fears—of specific settlements: "The President and Chairman Khrushchev under stand that this meeting is not for the purpose of negotiating or reaching an agreement on the...

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