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Missile Defense System / Test #193715

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 07, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Plans to launch a missile from Vandenberg Air Force, California, as part of a test for the controversial missile defense system introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) Tonight's complicated test simulating a ballistic missile attack previewed. [Union of Concerned Scientists Lisbeth GRONLUND - says the test will not tell President Clinton what he needs to know.] [National Academy of Sciences Richard GARWIN - talks about "packaging" a missile system.] [Pentagon spokesman R/Admiral Craig QUIGLEY - says the system will evolve to meet the threats.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(State Department: John Martin) The opposition from scientists to the missile defense system reviewed; details given of the appeal from 50 Nobel Prize winners. [MIT professor Ted POSTOL - says radar cannot distinguish objects in space.] [Union of Concerned Scientists Kurt GOTTFRIED - states opposition.] The worry that a missile defense system will restart the arms race outlined. [Carnegie Non-Proliferation Project Joseph CIRINCIONE - says the hopes to develop a missile intercept system are risky.]

Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John;
McWethy, John

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