ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 30, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) Summit meeting between President Reagan and USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev officially announced. [REAGAN - says Gorbachev has agreed to come to United States for summit on December 7.] Reasons for Gorbachev's reversal from last week's refusal to set summit date detailed. Summit meeting noted planned for 2 or 3 days to sign treaty eliminating medium and short- range missiles, though verification aspects of treaty not yet wrapped up. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says he and USSR foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze will have to get treaty done.] Congress reaction noted cautious. [Senator Robert DOLE - is skeptical.] [Senator Sam NUNN - says verification aspects must be nailed down.] [REAGAN - says it would be wonderful to have Pearl Harbor Day superseded by day of peace.] Possibility of Moscow summit next year to deal with long-range ballistic missiles reported
(DC: John McWethy) Soviet reaction to agreement noted made by Shevardnadze. [SHEVARDNADZE - (thru translator) says he is satisfied with results of negotiations.] [SHULTZ - predicts missile treaty will be ratified by Senator] Missile treaty (INF) detailed on screen; scenes shown. Verification aspects reviewed. Next goal of arms control noted to be reduction of long-range missiles.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) [Columbia Univ. professor Robert LEGVOLD - notes there will be two summits; that upcoming summit is scaled-down version from that originally planned because of Gorbachev's feelings about the likely course of the summit; says Gorbachev wanted progress on SDI/Star Wars.]
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