• Short Summary

    HERR KAI-UWE VON HASSEL, WEST GERMANY'S DEFENCE MINISTER, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) OUTLINED A PLAN TO SITE AMERICAN-CONTROLLED NUCLEAR MINES ALONG GERMANY'S EASTERN FRONTIER.

  • Description

    HERR KAI-UWE VON HASSEL, WEST GERMANY'S DEFENCE MINISTER, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) OUTLINED A PLAN TO SITE AMERICAN-CONTROLLED NUCLEAR MINES ALONG GERMANY'S EASTERN FRONTIER. HE GAVE DETAILS AT THE NATO MINISTERIAL COUNCIL MEETING WHICH ENTERED ITS SECOND DAY IN PARIS.

    IN HIS ADDRESS, HERR VON HASSEL DECLARED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A LARGE MEASURE OF AGREEMENT IN THE NATO MILITARY COMMITTEE ON WEST GERMAN IDEAS FOR 'FORWARD STRATEGY', INCLUDING THE MINE PROJECT. THE MINES WOULD REMAIN UNDER U.S. CONTROL AND BE INTENDED AS A NUCLEAR 'TRIPWIRE' TO DETER AN ATTACK WITHOUT INVOLVING STRATEGIC RETALIATION.

    THE WEST GERMAN CONCEPT OF 'FORWARD STRATEGY' WAS PUT FORWARD ON MONDAY TO THE NATO MILITARY COMMITTEE. THE MINES CONCEPT IS REPORTED TO BE THE LOWER ECHELON OF THE GERMAN PLAN WHICH AIMS AT PREVENTING A SUDDEN ESCALATION INTO NUCLEAR WAR IN THE EVENT OF ATTACK. THE MINES WOULD BE EXPLODED ON GERMAN SOIL, BUT IN PEACETIME WOULD BE FITTED WITH ELABORATE SAFETY DEVICES.

    DURING THE MEETING TODAY, MINISTERS REVIEWED NATO'S CONVENTIONAL AND NUCLEAR PREPAREDNESS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BREAKDOWN CAME FROM U.S. DEFENCE SECRETARY, ROBERT MCNAMARA, WHO TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THE UNITED STATES HAD MORE THAN 800 INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES AT THE SERVICE OF NATO, INCLUDING 300 POLARIS MISSILES.

    DESPITE THE IMPRESSIVE COMBINED ARRAY OF MEN AND MATERIAL, NATO'S DEFENCE BUDGET WAS SET, THIS YEAR, AT MORE THAN 75,000 MILLION DOLLARS -- A RISE OF 3,200 MILLION DOLLARS OVER LAST YEAR.

    EUROPEAN MEMBERS OF NATO WILL PAY ROUGHLY 19,000 MILLION DOLLARS AND THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA SOME 55,000 MILLION DOLLARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA46F8K5DUPMGN02JRUK03UM98W
    Media URN:
    VLVA46F8K5DUPMGN02JRUK03UM98W
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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