The United States has decided not to go ahead with production of the neutron bomb, the controversial nuclear device which kills without damaging property.
SCU INT NATO Secretary General Joseph Luns speaking
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LUNS: "At the meeting today, permanent representatives continued their consultation on the question of weapons with enhanced radiation and reduced blast effect. The allies reiterated their concern with the increasing offensive capabilities of Soviet conventional forces and with the continued expansion and improvement of offensive Soviet nuclear forces. We therefore stress the need to modernise NATO's military capability, both conventional and nuclear. At the same time, the Allies underline the importance of contributing to European and world security through arms control and disarmament, and through acts of mutual restraint as between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. The allies agreed that their reaction will be influenced by the degree to which the Soviet Union showed restraint in its arms programmes and for deployments which affect NATO security. They agreed that the allies will continue to consult on this subject and to discuss appropriate arms control and disarmament measures to be..(indistinct) ....with the Soviet Union."
U.S. Defence Secretary Harold Brown has warned President Carter that NATO's military forces may not be able to hold back a quick Communist attack in Europe. In a secret memorandum to Mr. Carter last month, Mr. Brown said it did not make sense to plan for a long non-nuclear war if NATO could not hold out for the first few weeks. "And we may not be able to", he said in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters news agency. "The current balance of forces gives no cause for complacency, so our first task is to improve it," Mr. Brown said.
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Background: The United States has decided not to go ahead with production of the neutron bomb, the controversial nuclear device which kills without damaging property. The official announcement of President Jimmy Carter's decision to postpone the manufacture and deployment of the weapon was made on Friday, (7 April) after NATO ambassadors meeting in the Belgian capital of Brussels had been told. Later, in a personal statement, NATO Secretary-General Joseph Luns said the US decision was in accord with a hoped-for mutual restraint by the Soviet Union.