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5a What has Mr Khrushchev boasted of?
5b Does the writer of this note believe Khrushchev?

Analysis and Interpretation
5c Would you say the writer of the note is absolutely sure about his conclusions on Khrushchev's claim?
5d What does this source tell historians about the relations between the superpowers in 1964. Think about what you can infer about
  • Spying
  • concerns about the other side's technology.


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    Extracts from a report by Foreign Office officials in Moscow concerning an alleged new kind of nuclear weapon developed by the USSR in 1964

    Extracts from a report by Foreign Office officials in Moscow concerning an alleged new kind of nuclear weapon developed by the USSR in 1964