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France / Neutron Bomb #498411

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 19, 1978
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(Studio) Reports that France has exploded neutron bomb in Pacific noted. Defense Secretary Brown's statements with regard to reports, made at NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) nuclear planning group in Denmark, stated; previous United States neutron bomb tests and possible ones by USSR mentioned.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Paris, France) Details given with regard to report on bomb's explosion in "France-Soir." Refusal to comment by French defense minister noted; expressed skepticism by West military expert in Paris also cited. Size of French nuclear force described. France's cooperation in recent years with NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) military maneuvers, despite not being part of alliance herself, and consideration of French nuclear force as part of West defense strategy for Europe stated. French government's private criticism of President Carter's delay in United States neutron bomb product and European speculation that these latest reports may make it easier for Carter to approve bomb outlined.
REPORTER: John Palmer

Palmer, John;
Savitch, Jessica

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