In India, Prime Minister Charan Singh has hit out at the nuclear non-proliferation policy in whose name smaller nations are forced to accept restraints and restrictions which nuclear powers do not tolerate.
GV: Vigyan Bhavan building.
SV: Delegates arriving.
SV INTERIOR: Conference sign
SV: Delegates from Syria
SV: South African delegate
SV: Delegates from Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and Vietnam (3 shots)
SV: Delegates from Belorussia, United Arab Emirates (2 shots)
CU AND GV: India's Prime Minister Charan Singh speaking in English. (6 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: SINGH: "We are at the crossroads in the history of the development of atomic energy and therefore, the deliberations of the present session are of special importance. We are all agreed that mankind today is confronted with an unprecedented threat of self-extinction arising from the massive and competitive accumulation of the most destructive weapons ever produced, particularly nuclear weapons. India has always believed in the concept of genuine and comprehensive non-proliferation and we have consistently held that non-proliferation measures, in order to be truly effective, must be applied uniformly and universally to all nuclear activities in all states. And yet in practice, we find that while various measures have been initiated to check the possible speech of nuclear weapons, we are yet to witness a single signification step to even slow down, let alone stop or reverse, the far more dangerous and absolutely irrational nuclear arms race that is actually going on. The International Atomic Energy Agency has an important role to play in the development of the peaceful uses of atomic energy. I hope that the deliberations of this and succeeding conference of the Interactional Atomic Energy Agency will succeed in formulating a long-term plan that would enable the developing countries, in particular, to utilise the benefits of atomic energy for their national development."
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Background: In India, Prime Minister Charan Singh has hit out at the nuclear non-proliferation policy in whose name smaller nations are forced to accept restraints and restrictions which nuclear powers do not tolerate. Addressing the opening session of the twenty-third International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) conference on Tuesday (4 December), Mr Singh went on to say he regretted that non-proliferation was such an abused term.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from eighty countries gathered in New Delhi to attend the twenty-third I.A.E.A. conference which is to review safeguards against nuclear proliferation.
But the I.A.E.A. delegates voted to bar South Africa from the conference because of apartheid policies -- it was the first time in the twenty-two year history of the Vienna based agency that a member country had been prevented from taking part in its general conference. The conference was opened by Indian Prime Minister Charan Singh.