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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Carter's New World; Interview with Abdul Sattar, 1987

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Abdul Sattar was the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan. In the interview he describes the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war and Pakistan’s reaction to India’s nuclear test explosion in May 1974. He also details Pakistan’s attempts to get assistance with their nuclear energy program from France through the International Atomic Energy Agency. He describes Pakistan’s attitude toward the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the international community’s views of Pakistan’s nuclear program. He asserts that, despite claims to the contrary, Pakistan has not committed any violations to international non-proliferation laws. He states that Pakistan does not have the capability of creating a nuclear bomb because it has neither the plutonium nor enriched uranium needed.

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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
Carter's New World
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Interview with Abdul Sattar, 1987

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The first atomic explosion in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, changed the world forever. This series chronicles these changes and the history of a new era. It traces the development of nuclear weapons, the evolution of nuclear strategy, and the politics of a world with the power to destroy itself.

In thirteen one-hour programs that combine historic footage and recent interviews with key American, Soviet, and European participants, the nuclear age unfolds: the origin and evolution of nuclear weapons; the people of the past who have shaped the events of the present; the ideas and issues that political leaders, scientists, and the public at large must confront, and the prospects for the future. Nuclear Age highlights the profound changes in contemporary thinking imposed by the advent of nuclear weapons. Series release date: 1/1989

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President Carter comes to office determined to reduce the number of nuclear weapons and to improve relations with the Soviet Union. His frustrations are as grand as his intentions.

Carter had hoped the United States and the Soviet Union would reduce their reliance on nuclear weapons. He stopped production of the B-1 bomber. He believed the SALT II negotiations would be a step toward eliminating nuclear weapons. But his intentions were frustrated by Soviet actions and by a lack of consensus among his own advisors, including Chief SALT II negotiator Paul Warnke and national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski (who was dubious about arms control). Carter balanced Soviet aggression in Africa by improving American relations with China. He withdrew SALT II treaty from Senate consideration but its terms continued to serve as general limits on strategic nuclear force levels for both the United States and the Soviet Union.



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Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
International relations
Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968)
Nuclear nonproliferation
United States
Nehru, Jawaharlal, 1889-1964
Gandhi, Indira, 1917-1984
International Atomic Energy Agency
India-Pakistan Conflict, 1971
United States. Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978
Nuclear energy
War and Conflict
Global Affairs
Sattar, Abdul (Interviewee)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Carter's New World; Interview with Abdul Sattar, 1987,” 02/09/1987, GBH Archives, accessed December 11, 2023,
MLA: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Carter's New World; Interview with Abdul Sattar, 1987.” 02/09/1987. GBH Archives. Web. December 11, 2023. <>.
APA: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Carter's New World; Interview with Abdul Sattar, 1987. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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