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US-USSR Relations / Gorbachev Visit / United Nations Speech / Leaders' Meeting / USSR #113696

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 07, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's speech at United Nations during his United States visit outlined. Report introduced.

(UN: Walter Rodgers) Announcement by Gorbachev that USSR will unilaterally cut its armed forces reported; details of plan outlined on screen, scenes shown from UN. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) explains proposed reduction of forces; discusses cooperation with next president administration; comments on Soviet foreign policy.] Analysis of Gorbachev's speech given; resignation of Soviet chief of staff Sergei Akhromeyev noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Gorbachev's vision of international relations detailed. Report introduced.

(Governors Island, New York: Sam Donaldson) Gorbachev's meeting with President Reagan and President-elect George Bush featured; scenes shown of the three men. [At luncheon, REAGAN, BUSH - approve of Gorbachev's troop reduction initiative.] [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - explains the leaders' discussion; says Soviet troops must leave Afghanistan.] Scenes shown of three leaders viewing Statue of Liberty.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) European reaction to Gorbachev's announcement of unilateral reduction reported Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Nature of Gorbachev's proposal reviewed; proposed armed forces cuts outlined on screen; strengths of Warsaw Pact countries and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) compared. [Defense analyst Phillip KARBER - says chances of surprise attack from E. Europe will be reduced.] Impact of Soviet initiative on incoming Bush administration examined; United States defense spending issue and US-NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) relationship noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Jerry King) Reaction at home in USSR to Gorbachev's UN speech reported; scenes shown; reaction of Soviet couple (named) cited as example Gorbachev's problems at home with economy, Estonia's quest from further independent and ethnic unrest in Armenia and Azerbaijan detailed. This morning's earthquake in Armenia noted; scenes shown of damages.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
King, Jerry;
Rodgers, Walter;
Zelnick, Bob

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