ABC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 14, 1996
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Map shown of the route of President Clinton's trip to South Korea, Japan and Russia.
(Washington: Jerry King; Tokyo: Mark Litke; Moscow: Gillian Findlay) Clinton's Asian trip featured; details given of his hopes to solidify America's military presence in the Pacific by signing a new treaty with Japan; scenes shown of Secretary of State Warren Christopher meeting with Japanese officials to reaffirm the security alliance. The United States concession of agreeing to close down a military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa in response to protests following the rape of a schoolgirl by United States servicemen noted. [CLINTON - talks about trade with Japan and the jobs it has brought about.] Clinton's agenda in Russia examined: the control of Soviet nuclear materials, the state of Russia's aging nuclear reactors and the hopes that a summit will help Russian President Boris Yeltsin's chances in the upcoming election. [On Thursday, Secretary of Defense William PERRY - talks about the threat of nuclear weapons.] [Political analyst Andrei KORTUNOV - comments on Russian politics.] The two reasons why the administration is playing down this foreign trip noted.