There were swift protests in the United Nations after the announcement by France on Tuesday (14 Nov.) that it planned to explode a one megaton hydrogen bomb next year above Mururoa Atoll in the sough Pacific.
GV PAN & MV INT Delegates seated (2 shots)
SV Canadian delegate speaks (SOUND STARTS: "Canada proposes to support..." ENDS: "...arms race.")
MV French delegate listens as Australian delegate starts to speak (SOUND STARTS: "My purpose is to..." ENDS: "....regarded as ominous.")
MV Belgian delegate listens as New Zealand delegate speaks: (SOUND STARTS: "We have a...." ENDS: "....carries out the tests."
CANADIAN REPRESENTATIVE, BARTON: Canada proposes to support the resolution sponsored by the Pacific powers, which draws attention first to the continuation by certain nuclear powers, of testing in the atmosphere. This testing is being conducted despite the overwhelming opposition of 105 nations, who have ratified the partial test ban, which is the international instrument by which the nations of the world sought to ban such testing. This agreement was based on the recognition that atmospheric testing not only poses a threat to the pollution of the atmosphere, to the very environment on which human life depends, but also frustrates the efforts of the United Nations to impose restrictions on the arms race."
AUSTRALIAN DELEGATE, SIR LAWRENCE McINTYRE: "My purpose is to underline the grave disquiet over the still unknown, but possibly cumulative hazards from radioactive fall-out, if there are to be further such tests, whether on a small or large scale, in the future. And I might say, Mr. Chairman, that...an item we heard over the radio news this morning in this regard could, I suppose only be regarded as ominous."
NEW ZEALAND DELEGATE, SCOTT: "We have a European metropolitan power which sends its nuclear weapons across to the other side of the world to be tested. The pollution falls on our land, but not on Europe. It is the peoples of the Pacific who are being discriminated against, not the nuclear weapons state which carries out the tests."
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Background: There were swift protests in the United Nations after the announcement by France on Tuesday (14 Nov.) that it planned to explode a one megaton hydrogen bomb next year above Mururoa Atoll in the sough Pacific.
Reports from Paris said the blast was expected to be "dirty"...that is, a cause of major nuclear fallout.
France has carried out a number of nuclear tests in the south Pacific, despite world-wide protests, and attempts by peace groups to disrupt them.
Next year's test will be the second hydrogen bomb explosion in France's efforts to achieve full nuclear capability.
The protests against the latest test plan came as the United Nations was debating disarmament.
Canada, Australia, Japan and New Zealand were among nations which supported a draft resolution calling for a general test ban, with special reference to the French tests.