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French nuclear test at Muraroa



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AUSTRALIA,,(*-

PRIME MINISTER

PRESS STATEMENT NO.

19 August 1973

FRENCH NUCLEAR TEST AT MURAROA

Commenting on reports of a new expldsion by the French at Muraroa the Prime Minister, Mr. Whitlam, said today:

"The Government has reason to believe that the Government of France has exploded today another nuclear device in the Pacific.

"The previous French tests have attracted world­ wide opposition. '

"I am sure that this latest test will be equally condemned.

"The Government will continue to take all appropriate steps to bring to a halt these dangerous experiments which are carried out in defiance of law and morality".

CANBERRA, A.C.T.