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    THE OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT'S STATEMENT ON THE DETONATION BY THE SOVIET UNION OF A NUCLEAR?

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    THE OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT'S STATEMENT ON THE DETONATION BY THE SOVIET UNION OF A NUCLEAR DEVICE IN THE 50-MEGATON RANGE OCT 30, WAS READ THAT SAME DAY BY MR. JAY GILDNER, ASSISTANT WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY, TO ASSEMBLED NEWSMEN ON THE LAWNS OF THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON.

    AFTER GIVING THE TIME OF THE EXPLOSION, ITS STRENGTH, THAT IT TOOK PLACE IN THE ATMOSPHERE, AND THAT IT WILL PRODUCE MORE RADIOACTIVE FALL-OUT THAN ANY PREVIOUS EXPLOSION, THE STATEMENT CONTINUED:-
    FEAR IS THE OLDEST WEAPON IN HISTORY, THE STATEMENT SAID. THROUGHOUT THE LIFE OF MANKIND IT HAS BEEN THE RESORT OF THOSE WHO COULD NOT HOPE TO PREVAIL BY REASON AND PERSUASION. IT WILL BE REPELLED TODAY AS IT HAS BEEN REPELLED IN THE PAST - NOT ONLY BY THE STEADFASTNESS OF FREE MEN BUT BY THE POWER OF THE ARMS WHICH MEN WILL USE TO DEFEND THEIR FREEDOM. THERE IS NO MYSTERY ABOUT PRODUCING A 50-MEGATON BOMB. NOR IS THERE ANY TECHNICAL NEED FOR TESTING SUCH A WEAPON AT FULL-SCALE DETONATION IN ORDER TO CONFIRM THE BASIC DESIGN. THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED THIS MATTER CAREFULLY SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND CONCLUDED THAT SUCH WEAPONS COULD NOT PROVIDE AN ESSENTIAL MILITARY CAPABILITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABJ7OS5BXIGPWL1R1LMVTZSTGQ
    Media URN:
    VLVABJ7OS5BXIGPWL1R1LMVTZSTGQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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