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US-USSR Relations / Summit / United Germany Issue #128872

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 30, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tomorrow's summit meeting between President Bush and President Mikhail Gorbachev previewed. First report introduced, but delayed due to audio difficulties. Second report introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Need for compromise deal between Gorbachev and Bush on issue of a united Germany in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) examined; details given of what USSR will likely request. [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Dimitri SIMES - says Soviets will try to get as high a price as they can for a reunified Germany in NATO.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Berlin: Jerry King) Link of Germany economy to USSR reviewed; details given of extent of export of East German products to USSR and Soviet concern that a unified Germany will raise the prices. Likelihood that West Germany will honor East German trade commitments to USSR explained. [Berlin Free University professor Gert LEPTIN - says it is part of the payment for German reunification.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) Review given of arms treaties, economic agreements and other obstacles, such as the new Germany and the Lithuania issue, that will be discussed by Bush and Gorbachev during summit. USSR noted seeking most favored nation trade status from US; details given of Bush administration's view of the Soviet economy.

Reporter(s):
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
King, Jerry;
McWethy, John
Duration:
00:08:20

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