Berlin: Familiar Noises

Taking a leaf from the book of his democratic rivals, Nikita Khrushchev went before Moscow's TV cameras for a fireside chat of his own. In the bare, floodlighted studio, he seemed a little lost without an audience, speaking more slowly, peering at his manuscript, pausing often to gulp at the glass of mineral water at his side. On disarmament, on Laos, on Communism's future, what Khrushchev said added little to the world's knowledge of the Kremlin's inner thinking. But on the subject of Berlin, his voice had a new take-it-or-leave-it brusqueness. "We cannot delay a peace treaty with Germany...

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