World: Rocket Rhetoric

Italy's ambitious Premier Amintore Fanfani has long yearned to take a crack at one of the most exasperating tasks of modern diplomacy: talking to Nikita Khrushchev. "He's hypnotized by the idea," said a friend. "He hopes that somehow he might bring back a great concession from Russia which will relax international tension." Last month Fanfani finally got his invitation. Hearing no nays from the Vatican, from his Western allies or from his Christian Democratic political supporters at home, last week he flew to Moscow.

Khrushchev met Fanfani and Italy's wispy Foreign Minister Antonio Segni with proper ceremony, and there were the usual...

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