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US-USSR Relations / Nicaragua and Soviet Arms #122070

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 16, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Differing responses from State Department and President Bush's admin. to letter from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stating that USSR will stop shipment of weapons to Nicaragua reported [State Department spokesperson Richard BOUCHER - comments on Central American] Critical stmts. from White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater and Secretary of State James Baker about Gorbachev's positions on for. affairs quoted; details given of Baker's recent meeting with foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze to discuss limits on short-range missiles. [Senator Christopher DODD - criticizes Fitzwater's statement]

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Pentagon's tracking of Soviet arms shipments to Nicaragua reported; details given of impact of cutting off of Soviet arms on Sandinistas in Nicaragua. [Pentagon spokesperson Dan HOWARD - comments on Cuban arms shipments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Fitzwater's reference to Gorbachev as a "drugstore cowboy" and "Pravda"'s characterization of President Bush noted.

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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