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US-Soviet Summit / Reactions #21033

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 15, 1972
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(Studio) Soviet newspaper "Pravda" prints 1st comments on US-Soviet summit which ended 2 1/2 weeks ego. Says aggressive circles in United States could weaken agreements; precludes Chinese criticism,saying treaties are not signs of weakness, declares solidarity with North Vietnam, but says talks were fruitful. President Nixon, Henry Kissinger update comments on talks in meeting with mbrs. Congress at White House
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) Mbrs. of key cmtes. of House and Senator which will consider US-Sow. arms control agreements, attend meeting President Nixon calls for speedy approval of treaties so that new negotiations with Soviet Union can begin in October Kissinger explains anti-ballistic missile treaty and offensive weapons agreement, urges approval of defense budget so Sovs. will have incentive to continue negotiations. [Senator Henry JACKSON - calls for more specific explanations of agreements.] [Senator John TOWER - reserves final judgement until Senator Armed Services Committee hears testimony from Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary Defense, Secretary of State, etc.] President Nixon recalls tragedy of Woodrow Wilson's life, Senator rejection of Versailles Treaty and League of Ntns.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

Geer, Stephen;
Smith, Howard K.

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