My government has learnt with horror that the Government of France, in total disregard of repeated protests by Ghana and other African States, and of the Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations, has defied the conscience of mankind and has this morning exploded a nuclear device on African soil.
My government further notes a declaration by the French Prime Minister that this explosion is only the first of a series of similar explosions to be carried out by the Government of France. In these circumstances, my government must take immediate action to safeguard the interests of the people of Ghana and, therefore, as a first step, my government has decided to freeze, as from today, the assets of all French firms in Ghana until such time as the effects on the population of Ghana of the present atomic explosion and the future experiments referred to by the French Prime Minister, become known. I appeal to the nation to remain calm. My government will take any further action which may become necessary.