Senator Hubert Humphrey, the former United States Vice-President, yesterday (Wednesday) challenged the Nixon administration's view that the MIRV -- the multiple warhead missile -- is an aid to bargaining in the continuing Stragetic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT).
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: HUMPHREY: "Arms control is a serious matter, and we all need to be -- and want to be -- responsible. The executive branch has an obligation of keep the congress informed. This seems to be the general topic of the day, Mr Chairman, the importance of freedom of information, the importance of close co-operation between the executive branch and the Congress, especially when Congress has been asked for billions of doll are in defence expenditure. I believe it is incumbent upon the executive branch, and particularly the department of defence, to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt, the need for this vast expenditure. The Congress is the jury in this sense, and we need the evidence -- and we don't need the rhetoric."
REPORTER CONTINUES: Senator Humphrey said that nobody ever wins an armaments race; that it just keeps going on and on.
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REPORTER: Robert McCormick
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Background: Senator Hubert Humphrey, the former United States Vice-President, yesterday (Wednesday) challenged the Nixon administration's view that the MIRV -- the multiple warhead missile -- is an aid to bargaining in the continuing Stragetic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). Senator Humphrey was testifying before a Senate Foreign Relations Sub-committee on disarmament. He called for all the facts surrounding MIRV development and deployment to be made known to Congress:
The extract of San. Humphrey's testimony is introduced by N.B.C. reporter Robert McCormick. His comments are transcribed on our own commentary page.
SYNOPSIS: While the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks continue in Helsinki, the future of the fearsome multi-warhead missile project was being discussed in Washington on Wednesday.
Democratic Senator Humphrey today outlined to a Foreign Relations Sub-committee a possible compromise on the highly explosive issues of spending billions on MIRV, the missile with several warheads each to be aimed at a different target. Humphrey wants to put any money appropriated for MIRV in escrow to be spent only if both Congress and the President approve. Also, Humphrey suggested a mutual freeze with Russia of all nuclear weapons.