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    United States President Jimmy Carter has solemnly declared before the United Nations General Assembly that the U.

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    SVs & GVs United States President Jimmy Carter addressing United Nations General Assembly, and delegates listening and applauding (ENGLISH SPEECH) (12 shots)

    CARTER: "Before the end of this century, a score of nations could posses nuclear weapons. If this should happen, the world that we leave our children will mock our own hopes for peace. The level of armaments could grow by tens of thousands, and the same situation could well occur with advanced conventional weapons. The temptation to use these weapons, or fear that someone else might do it first, would be almost irresistible. The ever-growing trade in conventional arms subverts international commerce from a force for peace to a caterer for war. Violence, terrorism, assassination, undeclared wars -- all threaten to destroy the restraint and the moderation that must become the dominant characteristic of our age. The United States is willing to go as far as possible, consistent with our security interests, in limiting and reducing our nuclear weapons. On a reciprocal basis, we are willing not to reduce them by ten per cent -- or twenty per cent -- even fifty per cent; then we will work for further reductions to a world truly free of nuclear weapons. I hereby solemnly declare, on behalf of the United States, that we will not use nuclear weapons, except in self-defence -- that is in circumstances of an actual nuclear or conventional attack on the United States, our territories, or armed forces, or such a attack on our allies."

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    Background: United States President Jimmy Carter has solemnly declared before the United Nations General Assembly that the U.S. will never use nuclear weapons 'except in self-defence'. According to his press secretary, this was the first time ever that an American president had sworn not to use nuclear weapons first -- and that this was a change in U.S. policy. Mr. Carter, addressing the General Assembly the day after the end of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks agreement with the Soviet Union, spoke out strongly against the nuclear arms race -- warning that it could lead to a global disaster.

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