INTRODUCTION: The reality of nuclear accidents was something which had to be accepted the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Dr.
GV General Assembly chamber in UN.
SV & GV Delegates seated in chamber.
SV Director-General International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr. Sigvard Eklund of Sweden speaking in English.
SEQ. 3: EKLUND:"For the long years, much has been said on the subject of nuclear arms control but little has been done in reality. The task is no doubt formidable but there is none before us that deserves higher priority. The Secretary-General, Dr. Waldheim, has pointed out in his annual report to this General Assembly that, and I quote, 'Disarmament in a nuclear age is a matter of survival and (INDISTINCT)'. We must have confidence that we can begin to un-make what we have made. It is also clear that there is no nation, great or small, whose record is so unblemished that it can be trusted with a weapon capable of wiping us all out. In a world in which nations are often moved by passion, passion rather than reason, divided by culture, race or ideology in deep mistrust of each other, the existence of great nuclear arsenals is surely not compatible with survival. Nor, as pointed out in the final document of the first special session of the General Assembly on disarmament 1978, can enduring international peace and security be built on the accumulation of weaponry by military alliance of sustained by precarious balance of deterrents or doctrine or statistical superiority. The world today stands on the brink of an abyss. Never before has mankind been in such great peril. A nuclear war would mean the end of civilisation and could lead to the extinction of the human race. It is thus evident that the highest priority of international diplomacy should be to ensure that we do not, through our own folly, go over the edge."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The reality of nuclear accidents was something which had to be accepted the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Dr. Sigvard Eklund of Sweden said. Dr. Eklund was presenting his final annual report to the General Assembly of the United Nations after 20 years as director-general of the Vienna-based UN agency. His successor will be Doctor Hans Blix.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Eklund told delegates that nuclear arms control must be the world's top priority. He said the world was on the edge of an abyss.