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    MR. PETER THORNEYCROFT, BRITAIN'S MINISTER OF DEFENCE ARRIVED THAT LONDON AIRPORT ON SATURDAY FROM THE?

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    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "MR. THORNEYCROFT, YOU HAVE DESCRIBED THIS AGREEMENT AS A GREAT SUCCESS, AND YOU HAVE SAID THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO APOLOGISE FOR. ON WHAT GROUNDS DO YOU BASE THIS JUBILANT VIEW?"



    TRANSCRIPT: MR. THORNEYCROFT: "ON TWO GROUNDS REALLY. FIRST OF ALL I THINK IT IS REALLY IMAGINATIVE ADVANCE IN INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION - THAT CO-OPERATION OR INTERDEPENDENCE WHICH IS THE MAIN STRENGTH OF THE WESTERN ALLIANCE AND INDEED I BELIEVE TO BE THE MAIN HOPE OF PEACE. AND SECONDLY TOO, BECAUSE IT PROVIDES TO BRITAIN THAT INDEPENDENT NUCLEAR DETERRENT WITHIN THE WESTERN ALLIANCE WHICH IS ESSENTIAL TO HER SOVEREIGN RIGHTS TO DEFEND HERSELF. IN ESSENCE IT MEANS THIS, THAT IF AT ANY TIME IN THE FUTURE SOME FOREIGN COUNTRY SHOULD THREATEN US, THEY WOULD KNOW THAT THERE WAS NO PRIZE WHICH THEY COULD POSSIBLY GAIN WHICH WOULD IN ANY WAY COMPENSATE THEM FOR THE APPALLING DESTRUCTION THAT THEY WOULD SUFFER IN THE PROCESS, EVEN IF BRITAIN HAD NO ALLY LEFT AT ALL."



    INTERVIEWER: "WOULDN'T THE COMMITMENT OF THIS DETERRENT TO N.A.T.O. WHICH IS ENVISAGED, INHIBIT FREEDOM OF ACTION?"



    MR. THORNEYCROFT: "NOT IN THE SLIGHTEST, IT IS CLEARLY LAID DOWN THAT IN THAT SORT OF EMERGENCY ALL THESE FORCES, AND I SAY ALL, BECAUSE WE WOULD HAVE OTHER FORCES OTHER THAN SUBMARINES - BOMBERS AS WELL - THEY WOULD ALL BE AVAILABLE TO BRITAIN."



    INTERVIEWER: "NOW I THINK YOU SUGGESTED THAT THE FIRST POLARIS WOULD BE COMING ALONG ABOUT 1970. NOW WHEN THE V-BOMBERS CASE TO BE AS EFFECTIVE IN THE MID-SIXTIES, AREN'T YOU GOING TO BE LEFT WITH AN OMINOUS GAP?"



    MR. THORNEYCROFT: "YES, OF COURSE, WITH THE INABILITY OF THE AMERICANS TO GO ON WITH THE SKYBOLT, AND THE FACT THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE LATE ANYWAY, THIS GAP IS PERHAPS NOT AS LONG AS IT WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN. BUT THERE MIGHT BE A PERIOD WHEN WE COULDN'T PENETRATE AS DEEPLY AS WE MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE DONE INTO RUSSIA, THOUGH WE WILL STILL PACK A TREMENDOUS PUNCH IN THIS FIELD IF EVER CALLED UPON TO DELIVER IT. BUT IT THINK ALSO WE HAVE GOT TO REMEMBER THAT WHATEVER HAPPENS IN THOSE TWO OR THREE YEARS AT THE OTHER END WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A VERY MUCH LONGER PERIOD IN WHICH WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THIS POLARIS AND HAVE IT ON WHAT IS CALLED - AND IT IS WRITTEN INTO THE AGREEMENT - A CONTINUING BASIS, THAT IS TO SAY, ALL THE ADVANCES IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO US."



    INTERVIEWER: "MR. THORNEYCROFT, WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE IT IS THAT AFTER WE HAVE HAD TO FIGHT SO HARD FOR THIS AGREEMENT THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OFFERED GRATIS TO THE FRENCH A WELL?"



    MR. THORNEYCROFT: "WELL WHY NOT? IT IS FOR THE AMERICANS TO OFFER WHAT THEY THINK RIGHT TO THE FRENCH - THE FRENCH ARE OUR ALLIES."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MR. PETER THORNEYCROFT, BRITAIN'S MINISTER OF DEFENCE ARRIVED THAT LONDON AIRPORT ON SATURDAY FROM THE TALKS IN NASSAU. HE WAS ASKED HIS VIEW OF THE NEW AGREEMENT EQUIPPING BRITISH SUBMARINES WITH AMERICAN POLARIS MISSILES TO FORM PART OF A MULTILATERAL N.A.T.O. NUCLEAR FORCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACWWJLRKQZLQSE79XNBUZTENY6
    Media URN:
    VLVACWWJLRKQZLQSE79XNBUZTENY6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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