United States Defence Secretary Harold Brown has reassured North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) leaders that they should not feel discouraged by President Carter's recent decision to postpone production of the controversial Neutron bomb.
SV EXT No. 10 Downing Street. CU door (2 shots)
SV PAN Mr. Callaghan and U.S. Defence Secretary Harold Brown walking through (SILENT)
CU Harold Brown PAN TO Mr. Callaghan (SILENT)
SV Callaghan and Brown shaking hands (SILENT)
SV Mr. Brown speaking at news conference
REPORTER: "....very disappointed that President Carter has decided not to go ahead with the neutron bomb (indistinct). Do they have any reason to feel left out?"
BROWN: "No I do not think so.. the President's decision was to defer decision on production of the enhanced radiation weapon. He has decided to go ahead with modernisation of tactical nuclear weapons including weapons for the Alliance and the eight inch shell. That will leave open the possibility of adding to, at a later date, enhanced radiation characteristics. It will also put on the Soviet Union the need to face up to the issue of what if anything, it plans to do in the way of restraining its military production and deployment. The President then.... will, at a later time, be in a position to decide either to produce enhanced radiation weapons. I think we are, the Alliance is now in a position of very great flexibility in this regard, and throughout the President has positioned himself so as to make a decision on the basis of what happens from now on."
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Background: United States Defence Secretary Harold Brown has reassured North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) leaders that they should not feel discouraged by President Carter's recent decision to postpone production of the controversial Neutron bomb. Speaking in London at a news conference on Monday he said the decision to delay the bomb's production could influence the Soviet Union's attitude to its nuclear arsenal.
SYNOPSIS: While in London Mr. Brown took the opportunity to visit the British Prime Minister James Callaghan in Downing street. He was ending four-days of consultations with Britain and other NATO members in preparation for the 15-nation summit due to take place in Washington at the end of next month. Later Mr. Brown went to the American Embassy where he faced reporters' questions on the neutron bomb.