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    AMERICA'S RESUMPTION OF ATMOSPHERIC NUCLEAR TESTS IN THE PACIFIC APRIL 25 BROUGHT THE EXPECTED WAVE OF CRITICISM AND REGRET FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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    1ST MAN: "MY SIGN EXPLAINS WHY I AM HERE. I THINK THAT RUSSIANS COMMITTED WITH THEIR EXPLOSION OF THE 55-MEGATON BOMB AND I FEEL THAT IN RESUMING ATMOSPHERIC TESTS NOW WE ARE EQUALLY GUILTY."



    INTERVIEWER: "WELL, I WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER YOU THINK THE AMERICANS SHOULD HAVE EXPLODED THEIR ATOM BOMB."



    2ND MAN: "DEFINITELY, YES."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHY?"



    2ND MAN: "WHY? BECAUSE WE WERE SO FAR BEHIND; NOW WE'LL CATCH UP."



    INTERVIEWER: "AND THAT'S THE ONLY REASON."



    2ND MAN: "NO. I THINK IT SAFEGUARDS OUR COUNTRY ALSO, ON TOP OF IT."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU THINK MORALLY THE AMERICANS ARE JUSTIFIED."



    2ND MAN: "CERTAINLY I THINK THE AMERICANS ARE JUSTIFIED."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU, SIR. I SEE YOU HAVE A CHILD WITH YOU COULD YOU TELL ME WHY YOU ARE DOING THIS?"



    3RD MAN: "WELL, ONE REASON IS I WANT HER TO BE ABLE TO LIVE OUT HER NATURAL LIFE, MY DAUGHTER, EILEEN."



    INTERVIEWER: "HOW OLD IS SHE?"



    3RD MAN: "SHE'S FIVE."



    INTERVIEWER: "SHE'S PERFECTLY HEALTHY NOW?"



    3RD MAN: "YES, SHE HAS A BRONCHIAL COUGH, BUT OTHERWISE SHE'S HEALTHY."



    INTERVIEWER: "I HEARD YOU SAY JUST NOW THAT SHE'S HALF BRITISH."



    3RD MAN: "YES, I MARRIED AN ENGLISH GIRL DURING THE WAR."



    INTERVIEWER: "YES, SHE'S HERE."



    INTERVIEWER: ASKS SMALL GIRL - "HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS?"



    GIRL: "I LIKE IT."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU LIKE WALKING ROUND IN TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK?"



    GIRL: "YES."



    INTERVIEWER: "WELL, ISN'T IT LATE FOR YOU."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AMERICA'S RESUMPTION OF ATMOSPHERIC NUCLEAR TESTS IN THE PACIFIC APRIL 25 BROUGHT THE EXPECTED WAVE OF CRITICISM AND REGRET FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. SOON AFTER THE NEWS CAME THAT AN ATOMIC DEVICE HAD BEEN EXPLODED OVER CHRISTMAS ISLAND, CROWDS OF SLOGAN-CARRYING DEMONSTRATORS WERE OUT IN NEW YORK STREETS TO PROTEST AGAINST THE ACTION.

    STUDENTS ON EASTER HOLIDAYS, HOUSEWIVES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, AND OFFICE WORKERS DEMONSTRATED OUTSIDE THE AMERICAN, BRITISH AND SOVIET MISSIONS TO THE UNITED NATIONS.

    IN TIMES SQUARE, ABOUT 50 PEOPLE OF THE SANE NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT GROUP GATHERED TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST THE NEW SERIES OF EXPLOSIONS. SOME WERE ASKED THEIR REASONS FOR MAKING THIS PUBLIC PROTEST:
    IN COPENHAGEN THAT DAY, DANISH ANTI-NUCLEAR MARCHES WERE ALSO ON THE MOVE. ABOUT 150 YOUNG PEOPLE GATHERED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY OUT THEY DID NOT STAY LONG. POLICE REINFORCEMENTS SPEEDILY MOVED THE CROWDS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET. LATER, THEY FORMED UP AGAIN TO MARCH ON THE EMBASSY BUT POLICE ONCE MORE FORCED THEM AWAY FROM THE AREA.

    AT GENEVA APRIL 26, THE SOVIET UNION MADE A BITTER ATTACK ON THE US RESUMPTION OF TESTS BUT DID NOT INDICATE WHETHER SHE WOULD WALK OUT OF THE 17-NATION DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE OR ITS 3-POWER TEST BAN SUB-COMMITTEE. RUSSIA ACCUSED AMERICA OF CHALLENGING THE WHOLE WORLD BY RESUMING TESTS, AND SAID IT WOULD SEEK SANCTIONS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2GE05I836CS1O0MU0M4PA8G7C
    Media URN:
    VLVA2GE05I836CS1O0MU0M4PA8G7C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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