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US-West Germany Relations / NATO / West Germany-USSR Relations #120544

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 13, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Problems in relations between United States and its NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) ally, West Germany, noted. Report introduced.

(Bonn, West Germany: John McWethy) Dispute between United States and West Germany over modernization of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) weaponry featured; details given of meeting in Bonn, West Germany, between Secretary of State James Baker and Chancellor Helmut Kohl and of groundswell of German public opinion against nuclear weapons brought about by USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev's recent initiatives calling for Soviet military cutbacks. [BAKER - says Kohl says he has not changed his opinion.] Kohl's contradictory stmts. noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Complexity of US-W. German relationship emphasized.

(London, England: Pierre Salinger) Changing nature of West German public's views of US, USSR and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) reported; details given; scenes shown of American war games on West German soil. [Third armor division Major General George JOULWAN - explains important of training.] [Columnist Christopher BERTRAM - discusses Gorbachev's campaign] Impact of Gorbachev's stmts. on West Germany reiterated. [German newspaper editor Josef JOFFEE - says Germans now see NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) weapons as source of threat, not security.] German resentment of such militaristic things as crashes of military planes and military exercises across nation's farmlands detailed.

Reporter(s):
McWethy, John;
Jennings, Peter;
Salinger, Pierre
Duration:
00:04:30

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