President Carter's new attempt to restrict the production of plutonium and its use for production of nuclear energy met with polite but stubborn resistance yesterday from West Germany and France.
The Bonn government declined to comment on Carter's announcement that he was ending U.S. government support for plutonium processing and would seek agreements with foreign nuclear plant fuel that also can be use to make nuclear weapons.
Hours before Carter's statement was issued Thursday, however, the West German government issued its own nuclear-policy statement calling for curtailment of the spread of nuclear weapons by "multinational, nondiscriminatory and general binding agreements on safeguards and the peaceful use of nuclear energy rather peaceful use of nuclear energy rather than the restrictions on technology advocated by the American president.
One Bonn official said the German statement was timed to put the policy on record before Carter's annoucement.
French Foreign Minister spokesman said in Paris that Carter's action would be stuided closely. He noted, however, that Carter had said that his decisions applied to the United States alone and that he did not intend to impose his policy on other countries.
This was seen as a clear indication that France intends to press ahead with its fast breeder and nuclear fuels reprocession programs.