President Kennedy began to feel in the spring of 1963 that there was a possibility for some kind of new movement in U.S. relations with the Soviet Union, and he began to look for an opportunity to make a "peace speech". In his commencement address at American University on June 10, 1963, President Kennedy called on the Soviet Union to work with the United States to achieve a nuclear test ban treaty and help reduce the considerable international tensions and the specter of nuclear war at that time. He announced a new round of high-level arms negotiations with the Russians and boldly called for an end to the Cold War. The Soviet government broadcast a translation of Kennedy’s entire speech, and allowed it to be reprinted in the controlled Soviet press.

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