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CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 24, 1977
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(Studio) Tonight, Vice President Walter Mondale is in Bonn, West Germany, after 1st stopping in Belgium at west defense alliance headquarters
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Bonn, West Germany) Mondale's meeting with NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) representative noted. In news conf., Mondale reaffirms United States support of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and speaks of USSR threat. [MONDALE - says NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) strength can't be permitted to become questionable.] Later Mondale phones Carter, then goes on to Bonn, West Germany, for meeting Tuesday with Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

(Studio) Before leaving US, Mondale was given copy of report, issued publicly today, with regard to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) strength by Senators Sam Nunn of Georgia and Dewey Bartlett of OK, who toured NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) installations in December
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Details of report noted. Nunn says USSR has means to organization attack in days, not weeks, as Pentagon believes,and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) forces not strong enough now to fight in non-nuclear conflict with USSR . [NUNN - says if attack came on West Germany NATO's conventional forces couldn't defend it and nuclear forces would have to be used.] Nunn calls for meeting of top NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) officials and reassessment of contributions to alliance.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Head of semi-official French research group, cites opposing view that USSR not yet superior and United States forces still dominant; says United States talks to contrary are alarmist campaign.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite


(Studio) Discrepancy in comments of President Carter and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance with regard to halt to nuclear testing and USSR response noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Duvall, Jed;
Pappas, Ike

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