• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES IS TO RENOUNCE THE USE OF CHEMICAL AND BACTERIOLOGICAL WEAPONS, PRESIDENT NIXON ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description


    WHITE HOUSE; PRESIDENT NIXON SPEAKING (SOF-SATELLITE-TELERECORDING)



    TRANSCRIPT: PRES. NIXON: "ON THE BASIS OF THIS REVIEW, I'VE MADE A NUMBER DECISIONS WHICH I BELIEVE WILL SHARPLY REDUCE THE CHANCE THAT THESE WEAPONS, WHETHER CHEMICAL OR BACTERIOLOGICAL, WILL EVER BE USED BY ANY NATION FIRST IN THE FIELD OF CHEMICAL WARFARE. I HEREBY REAFFIRM THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL NEVER BE THE FIRST COUNTRY TO USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO KILL, AND I HAVE ALSO EXTENDED THIS RENUNCIATION TO CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO WHICH INCAPACITATE. I AM ASKING THE UNITED STATES SENATE FOR ITS ADVICE AND CONSENT IN THE RATIFICATION OF THE GENEVA PROTOCOL OF 1925 WHICH PROHIBITS THE FIRST USE IN WAR OF CHEMICAL WARFARE WEAPONS. SINCE 1925, THIS PROPOSAL HAS BEEN AFFIRMED BY THE UNITED STATES AS A MATTER OF OUR POLICY, BUT NEVER APPROVED BY THE UNITED STATES SENATE, AND I HAVE ASKED THE LEADERS THIS MORNING TO EXPEDITE ACTION ON THIS FIELD. THESE STEPS SHOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS OUTLAWING WEAPONS WHOSE USE HAS BEEN REPUGNANT TO THE CONSCIENCE OF MANKIND. NOW SECOND, BIOLOGICAL WARFARE, WHICH IS COMMONLY CALLED GERM WARFARE. THIS HAS MASSIVE UNPREDICTABLE - AND POTENTIALLY UNCONTROLLABLE CONSEQUENCES. IT MAY PRODUCE GLOBAL EPIDEMICS AND PROFOUNDLY AFFECT THE HEALTH OF FUTURE GENERATIONS. THEREFORE, I HAVE DECIDED THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL RENOUNCE THE USE OF ANY FORM OF DEADLY BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS THAT EITHER KILL OR INCAPACITATE. OUR BACTERIOLOGICAL PROGRAMMES IN THE FUTURE WILL BE CONFINED TO RESEARCH IN BIOLOGICAL DEFENCE ON TECHNIQUES OF IMMUNISATION AND ON MEASURES OF CONTROLLING AND PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF DISEASE. MANKIND ALREADY CARRIES IN ITS OWN HANDS TOO MANY OF THE SEEDS OF ITS OWN DESTRUCTION. BY THE EXAMPLES THAT WE SET TODAY, WE HOPE TO CONTRIBUTE TO AN ATMOSPHERE OF PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN ALL NATIONS".




    Initials AH/B-SAT-TELE/PW/PC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE UNITED STATES IS TO RENOUNCE THE USE OF CHEMICAL AND BACTERIOLOGICAL WEAPONS, PRESIDENT NIXON ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY). IN THE INTERESTS OF WORLD PEACE, THE U.S. STOCKPILES OF SUCH WEAPONS ARE TO BE DESTROYED.

    PRESIDENT NIXON IS ASKING THE U.S. SENATE TO RATIFY FOR THE FIRST TIME THE GENEVA PROTOCOL OF 1925, WHICH PROHIBITS THE FIRST USE OF ASPHYXIATING, POISONOUS OR OTHER GASES, AND OF BACTERIOLOGICAL WARFARE TECHNIQUES. THE RATIFICATION REQUIRES A TWO-THIRDS SENATE VOTE BEFORE PRESIDENT NIXON CAN FINALLY SIGN IT. THE PRESIDENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWS A LONG CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE ON THE SUBJECT OF BIOLOGICAL WARFARE.

    THE PRESIDENT, WHO DECLARED THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD NEVER BE THE FIRST TO USE THE LETHAL OR INCAPACITATING CHEMICAL WEAPONS, SAID HE HAD REACHED HIS DECISION AFTER A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF DEFENCE POLICIES INVOLVING CHEMICAL AND GERM WARFARE WEAPONS:

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5YSZYZO5DXZ48OH2VF23PIC8A
    Media URN:
    VLVA5YSZYZO5DXZ48OH2VF23PIC8A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment