Dr. Helen Caldicott talks of Soviet nuclear power plants, nuclear weapons, SALT II, and Afghanistan. The distinguished Australian medical researcher, now living in the United States, visited the USSR last Fall with a delegation of the American Friends Service Committee. This Quaker group had very high-level talks in the USSR, going frankly into many questions not usually discussed except in negotiations between governments. She was interviewed by William Mandel in January, after Soviet forces were sent into Afghanistan. On nuclear power she takes a tough position in opposition to Soviet development, which is going ahead. She believes SALT II is necessary, more than ever before, after the Afghan events. She also discusses the US-NATO decision to place in Europe for the first time rocket and cruise missiles capable of reaching the USSR itself from there.
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