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    INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU, APPEARED ON THE AMERICAN TELEVISION PROGRAMME "MEET THE PRESS" SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 5.

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    TRANSCRIPT: MR. NEHRU: "I DON'T THINK THAT IS QUITE CORRECT. THE MORATORIUM IS A FIRST STEP TO THE TREATY WITH CONTROLS AND INSPECTIONS, YOU CANNOT HAVE, EASILY, CONTROLS FROM TOMORROW - THAT IS TO WORK THEM OUT. WE WANT A TREATY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH INSPECTION, CONTROLS AND ALL THAT. BUT THE POINT IS THAT, DURING THIS INTERVENING PERIOD, WE THOUGHT THAT THE MORATORIUM SHOULD APPLY - THE SOONER THE TREATY COMES THE BETTER".



    THE NEXT QUESTION WAS: "AND IF YOU WERE IN THE POSITION OF THE UNITED STATES YOU WOULD RISK THE SECURITY OF THE U.S. ON THE SOVIET'S WORD, IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY BROKEN THE MORATORIUM?" THE PRIME MINISTER REPLIED:



    "THAT IS RATHER AN ODD QUESTION TO PUT. WHY SHOULD IT NECESSARILY LEAD TO THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES BEING AFFECTED? THERE ARE OTHER WAYS OF PROTECTING THAT. I DON'T KNOW I AM NOT AN EXPERT, BUT I THINK BASICALLY THIS KIND OF PROCEDURE IS LIKELY TO HAVE HARMFUL RESULTS, I MEAN TO SAY IT BECOMES SOMETHING, ONE FOLLOWING THE OTHER, I MEAN TO SAY IT BECOMES SOMETHING, ONE FOLLOWING IT GOES ON. HAVE THE TREATY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE HAVE SOME KIND OF INSPECTION EVEN DURING THE MORATORIUM PERIOD , IF YOU CAN ARRANGE IT".



    "QUESTION: "MAY I ASK YOU SIR, HOW SOON YOU THING THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA WILL HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPON? DO HAVE ANY INFORMATION?"



    NEHRU: "I HAVE NO INFORMATION ABOUT THAT. THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF VALUE RUMOURS TO THAT EFFECT, SOME ASH TEN YEARS, SOME SAY TWO YEARS, I DON'T KNOW".



    QUESTION: "DO YOU THINK THE SITUATION IS SUCH THAT THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA SHOULD BE BROUGHT INTO SOME KIND OF NEGOTIATIONS OVER A TEST BAN TREATY. A MORATORIUM, OR CONTROLS?"



    NEHRU: "IN ANY TREATY THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA HAS TO BE BROUGHT IN BECAUSE THE TREATY WOULD NOT BE VERY HELPFUL IF A LARGE TERRITORY LIKE THAT, WHICH RIGHT LATER POSSESS NUCLEAR WEAPONS, IS NOT BROUGHT IN. IT IS OBVIOUS. HOW TO BRING IT IN IS A DIFFERENT MATTER AND I IMAGINE IT WOULD BE POSSIBLY MORE DIFFICULT TO BRING IT IN IF IS NOT REPRESENTED IN THE UNITED NATIONS, BUT IT COULD BE DONE PERHAPS".




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    Background: INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU, APPEARED ON THE AMERICAN TELEVISION PROGRAMME "MEET THE PRESS" SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 5.

    IN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION: "INDIA HAS INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ANOTHER MORATORIUM, WITHOUT INSPECTION AND WITHOUT CONTROLS. DO YOU THINK THE UNITED STATES SHOULD RISK ITS SECURITY ON THAT KIND OF A MORATORIUM ONCE AGAIN?" MR. HEHRU REPLIED:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5K55HDR04R4BTAC18AY2E8TWR
    Media URN:
    VLVA5K55HDR04R4BTAC18AY2E8TWR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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