French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing has disclosed that his country has been experimenting with the neutron bomb -- the nuclear weapon which produces more radiation than conventional nuclear weapons, but with less blast.
GV INTERIOR French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing enters news conference room in Paris and is seated as journalists look on. (2 SHOTS)
SC President Giscard speaking as journalists look on. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing has disclosed that his country has been experimenting with the neutron bomb -- the nuclear weapon which produces more radiation than conventional nuclear weapons, but with less blast. The French President said a decision to produce the neutron bomb could be taken within two or three years.
SYNOPSIS: At a news conference in Paris on Thursday (26 June), President Giscard also dealt with the crisis in Afghanistan. He said the announcement of Soviet troop withdrawals made it clear that Moscow was looking for a political solution in Afghanistan.
Although the number of Soviet troops being withdrawn from Afghanistan was insignificant, President Giscard said the pull-out was a move in the right direction and proved that the Soviet Union was responding to international demands. It would be extremely difficult for Moscow to reverse its decision to reduce troops numbers, President Giscard said, and going back on this step would have "serious consequences".
The French President said he had suggested a first gesture of this kind during his talks with Soviet President, Leonid Brezhnev, in Warsaw last month (MaY). He had also suggested a timetable for the complete withdrawal of Soviet troops. Turning to the Middle East conflict, President Giscard said peace in the area should be based on the mutual recognition by Israel and the Palestinians of each other's rights. He said a settlement could only come about if Israel evacuated the territories it occupied during the June, 1967 war. But the main threat to Israel's security, President Giscard said, would come from the introduction of powerful new weaponry into the area.