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Reel Number: 250027-24
Color: Black and White
Year / Date: 1953
Location: New York City,NYC,United Nations
TC Begins: 04:40:06
TC Ends: 04:51:06
NOTE: FOR ORDERING See: www.footagefarm.co.uk or contact us at: Info@Footagefarm.co.uk 1953 - United Nations, President Eisenhower’s Atoms For Peace Speech, 08Dec53 R1 of 3 Floor of United Nations, Delegates rise as Ike enters & is accompanied by Madam Vijaya Pandit to podium to applause. 04:41:37 “Madame President, Members of the General Assembly. When Secretary General.... “The atomic age has moved forward at such a pace that every citizen....must be armed with the significant facts of today's existence. My recital of atomic danger & power is necessarily stated in United States terms, for these are the only incontrovertible facts that I know, I need hardly point out to this Assembly, however, that this subject is global, not merely national in character. On 16 July 1945, the United States set off the world's biggest atomic explosion. Since that date in 1945, the United States of America has conducted forty-two test explosions. Atomic bombs are more than twenty-five times as powerful as the weapons w/ which the atomic age dawned, while hydrogen weapons are in the ranges of millions of tons of TNT equivalent. 04:47:42 “Today, the United States’ stockpile of atomic weapons, which of course increases daily, exceeds by many times the total equivalent of the total of all bombs & all shells that came from every plane & every gun in every theatre of war in all the years of the Second World War. A single air group, whether afloat or land based, can now deliver to any reachable target a destructive cargo exceeding in power all the bombs that fell on Britain in all the Second World War. In size & variety the development of atomic weapons has been no less remarkable. The development has been such that atomic weapons have virtually achieved conventional status within our armed services. In the United States, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force & the Marine Corps are all capable of putting this weapon to military use. 04:48:58 “But the dread secret, and the fearful engines of atomic might are not ours alone. In the first place, the secret is possessed by our friends & allies, the United Kingdom & Canada, whose scientific genius made a tremendous contribution to our original discoveries & the designs of atomic bombs. The secret is also known by the Soviet Union. 04:49:25 “The Soviet Union has informed us that, over recent years, it has devoted extensive resources to atomic weapons. During this period the Soviet Union has exploded a series of atomic devices, including at least one involving thermonuclear reactions. If at one time the United States possessed what might have been called a monopoly of atomic power, that monopoly ceased to exist several years ago. Therefore, although our earlier start has permitted us to accumulate what is today a great quantitative advantage, the atomic realities of today comprehend two facts of even greater significance. 04:50:17 “First, the knowledge now possessed by several nations will eventually be shared by others, possibly all others. Second, even a vast superiority in numbers of weapons & a consequent capability of devastating retaliation, is no preventive, of itself, against the fearful material damage & toll of human lives that would be inflicted by surprise aggression. 04:50:50 “The free world, at least dimly aware of these facts, has naturally embarked on a large program of warning & defense systems. That program will be accelerated & expanded.” Arms Control; Atomic Deterrence; Nuclear Proliferation; American Support For United Nations; Universal Peace; Dangers; Atomic Warfare; Cold War; 1950s; Presidential Speeches; NOTE: Speech is in entirety on 3 reels. NOTE: Sold at per reel rate. NOTE: FOR ORDERING See: www.footagefarm.co.uk or contact us at: Info@Footagefarm.co.uk
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