The Cold War: The Real German Question

Berlin was still taut. Refugees from East Germany continued their desperate attempts to scale the Wall and sprint to freedom. Shots were fired from both sides of the border. At the highest levels of diplomacy, talks toward negotiations had come to a standstill. Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko was back in Moscow after sessions with President Kennedy and Secretary of State Dean Rusk. At his press conference, the President reported somberly: "The talks which we had with Mr. Gromyko did not give us immediate hope that this matter would be easily settled...On the substance,...

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