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Vance / USSR / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) II Collapse #251229

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 30, 1977
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(Studio) Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II talks, between Secretary of State Vance and USSR Communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev in Moscow, collapse.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Moscow, USSR ) Brezhnev delivers Soviet refusal of American proposals. Later Vance holds news conference [VANCE - says Sovs. find American proposals unacceptable.] Vance also says United States finds Soviet proposals unacceptable. [VANCE - is disappointed, but believes United States-USSR relations will continue to be good.] 1 reporter challenges this, saying relations at worst in recent years [VANCE - says talks always done in business manner and attempt to reach agreement must continue] Vance says he doesn't believe United States human rights stand affected talks.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Studio) Vance and USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko to meet in May. This is 1st major foreign policy setback for Carter.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Carter calls congress leaders to White House for briefing; says he's not discouraged due to agreed meeting in May. Howard Baker says he's not surprised. [BAKER - says negotiations with USSR always tough and especially so with new administration Notes USSR has tested new presidents before.] Carter talks to reporters later and says Sovs. rejected ratification of Vladivostok agreement, but there's no evidence it was due to own human rights statements. [CARTER - won't modify human rights statements. Says only way to reach Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II agreement is for both sides to realize advantages.] Carter holds some hope there'll be agreement in May with regard to American proposal to cut back arsenals for both. [CARTER - says no specific reasons for rejection given, but he believes Sovs. need time to review proposal.] Carter says if USSR shows it's not negotiating in good faith in Geneva mtgs. in May, he may order step-up of United States arms product
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) President sets up groups to study unresolved issues. United States and USSR have agreed on terms of grain shipments to USSR on United States vessels.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Bernard;
Schieffer, Bob

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