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US-USSR Relations / Inf Treaty #114209

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 06, 1988
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(Studio: Barry Serafin) Dispute between President Reagan and Senate Democrats reported threatening early ratification of US-USSR INF treaty. Letter from Senators Sam Nunn and Robert Byrd to Secretary of State George Shultz demanding administration accountability on INF treaty reported Report introduced.

(DC: Rick Inderfurth) Arrival of Nunn and Byrd in West Germany to attend sec. conference reported; details given, scenes shown. [BYRD, NUNN - questions admin. credibility.] Details of letter outlined on screen. Issue noted to be administration's reinterpretation of 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty; scenes shown; SDI/Star Wars animation shown. [Ex-US arms negotiator Jack MENDELSOHN - says Senator wants no rewriting of history.] Alteration of Shultz's earlier position following meeting with Republican Senators detailed. [Senator Arlen SPECTER - says issue of narrow versus broad interpretation important to SDI/Star Wars.] Possibility that Nunn's and Byrd's decision to review documents might delay ratification of INF treaty reiterated.

Inderfurth, Rick;
Serafin, Barry

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