In the big disarmament debate at the United Nations in New York, the Yugoslav delegate has said his country expected the major powers to work harder to limit arms.
MV INT Yugoslav delegate to the U.N., Veselin Djuranovic addressing General Assembly in Yugoslav
MV PULL BACK TO GV Delegates seated
U.S. Vice-President Walter Mondale addressing General Assembly in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: MONDALE: "Today, our Defence Budget is no larger in real terms than in the late 1950's. And it is less than it was a decade ago. But others nations have increased their military budgets in real terms by more than one third over that same decade. We and our NATO allies are strong, and we will remain strong to provide for the defence of our people. but we face a continuing build up of unprecedented proportions in Europe. The Warsaw Pact has developed an almost three to one advantage in tanks. The SS-20 nuclear missile now being deployed against Western Europe is a new departure in destructive power and represents a substantial increase in the nuclear threat of the Soviet Union."
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Background: In the big disarmament debate at the United Nations in New York, the Yugoslav delegate has said his country expected the major powers to work harder to limit arms. he was speaking on Wednesday (24 May), the second day of the special session on disarmament at the United Nations, which is expected to last several weeks.
SYNOPSIS: Opening the general debate, the President of the Federal Executive Council of Yugoslavia, Dr. Djuranovic, said his country expected the major nuclear powers to proceed, immediately after the present round of strategic arms limitation talks, to negotiations towards a more resolute limitation and reduction of nuclear weapons.
Dr. Djuranovic said that other measures which should be undertaken included the cessation of the arms race. All nuclear weapons tests, he went on, should be banned, and there should be a gradual reduction of nuclear stockpiles and their means of delivery. And there should be a ban on all other weapons of mass destruction.
The United States Vice President, Mr. Walter Mondale, accused the Soviet Union of escalating the nuclear arms race by deploying the new SS-20 intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States, he claimed was spending less on arms.