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US-USSR Relations / Summit / Gorbachev / Start #107295

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 07, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Arrival of Mikhail Gorbachev for US-USSR summit talks reported Report introduced.

(DC: Walter Rodgers) Gorbachev's visit to United States said first by Soviet leader since Leonid Brezhnev's 1973 visit; details given, scenes shown. Stmt. by Gorbachev on signing of intermediate-range missile treaty and call for cuts in long-range weapons reported [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) comments.] Gorbachev's remarks to Secretary of State George Shultz noted. Gorbachev's brief mtg. with Great Britain Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher reported; scenes shown. Their discussion of anti-ballistic missiles and SDI/Star Wars mentioned. [THATCHER - says can't "disinvent" nuclear weapons.] Raisa Gorbachev shown visiting British school. Motorcade to Washington, DC shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Discussion on long-range missile treaty (START) previewed. Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Mtg. of joint chiefs of staff and President Reagan to discuss START reported; details given, scenes shown. [REAGAN - wants START agreement that is verifiable; is optimistic about success.] Joint press conference reported held by White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater and USSR foreign ministry spokesperson Gennady Gerasimov. [GERASIMOV, FITZWATER - joke about procedures.] Role of SDI/Star Wars in long-range missile agreement noted. [GERASIMOV - anticipates signing START treaty at Moscow summit.] [FITZWATER - talks about Moscow summit even if START not completed.] Gerasimov shown falling down on stage. Refusal by Nancy Reagan to comment on Raisa Gorbachev reported Upcoming ceremonies outlined.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Rodgers, Walter

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