United States' Senators Sam Nunn (Democrat) and John Warner (Republican) believe that something can be done to minimise the risk of nuclear war.
SV & CU Democrat Senator Sam Nunn of South Georgia (wearing glasses) and Republican John Warner of Virginia seated at table facing journalists. (2 SHOTS)
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CU & LV Nunn and Warner with journalists. (2 SHOTS)
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CU Warner speaks. (SOT)
SV & LV PAN Senators with journalists. (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: NUNN: (SEQ 2) "United States and the Soviet Union should establish a national nuclear risk-reduction centre or centres to maintain a 24-hour watch on any event with the potential to lead to a nuclear incident."
WARNER: (SEQ 5) "It would be beneficial to the whole world and it comes at a time when I think it would be particularly important that a strong signal be sent by both the Soviet Union and the United States on the willingness to negotiate on a subject of major importance to the whole world."
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Background: United States' Senators Sam Nunn (Democrat) and John Warner (Republican) believe that something can be done to minimise the risk of nuclear war. And on November 23, following consultations with leading defence experts for the past year, they called for the establishment of a national crisis risk-reduction centre. Nunn says 25 countries now have the potential to develop nuclear weapons. The danger, in his opinion, does not lie in the numbers of weapons but in lack of communication about their use. The centre would allow countries to exchange information about terrorist attacks that could lead to a nuclear war. The senators proposed that one or more centres should be set up to monitor events on a 24-hour basis, with both the United States and the Soviet Union participating in a mutual effort to avert nuclear war. The senators claimed the timing of their announcement was only coincidental to the Soviet delegation's walk-out at the Geneva arms talks on the same day.