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    Up to 80 nations could possess a nuclear potential by the year 1985. This was?

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    Up to 80 nations could possess a nuclear potential by the year 1985. This was the prediction of French Socialist leader, Francois Mitterand, when he addressed the Socialist International Conference in Tokyo on Sunday (18 December). M. Mitterand called for the United Nations to prevent nuclear proliferation. He said the destructive power of nuclear weapons was 700,000 times that of the atomic bomb dropped over the Japanese City of Hiroshima in 1945. The three-day conference opened on Saturday, and was attended by about 50 leaders of social democratic parties from some 20 countries.

    SYNOPSIS: The Socialist summit was held in the Press Centre in Tokyo and was one of the largest international gatherings ever held in Japan. It is believed to be the first such meeting to be held in Asia. The conference chose as its theme "The Choice of Socialism in the Modern Era". And the main topics for discussion included the political situation in the Pacific region, energy problems, the prevention of the spread of nuclear arms, and international economic relations.

    President of the Socialist International is Willy Brandt, the Chairman of the West German Social Democratic Party. On the eve of the conference Herr Brandt addressed a gathering of Japanese and foreign socialists, and according to observers he urged participants to join forces against what he called dictatorships in Asia and Latin America, and also against the "reminder of colonialisation in Southern Africa."
    He also spoke on the first day of the conference.

    After the conference, delegates were due to go on to Yokohama, for further talks.

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