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Vance / USSR / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) #251253

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 31, 1977
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(Studio) In news conference in Moscow, USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko blames United States for SALT breakdown, but Secretary of State Vance defends United States position.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(London, England) Gromyko escorts Vance to airport and Vance tries to limit impact on detente of breakdown. [VANCE - hopes for future progress.] Vance then goes to Bonn, West Germany; Gromyko calls news conf., said to be 1st he's given to United States correspondents in Moscow. Gromyko says United States proposals one-sided. Vance meets with Helmut Schmidt and has news conference defending proposals. [VANCE - defends United States proposals.] Vance next goes to London for meeting with James Callaghan and later reporter asks him re: Gromyko statement. [VANCE - disagrees with Gromyko's view of United States package] To play down United States-USSR relations strain, 1 official says Brezhnev affable as he rejected proposals.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Studio) Press Secretary Jody Powell says Carter won't revise proposals now, but doesn't rule out possibility before May talks. Carter to be in Europe about same time, but has no plans to meet with Soviet officials.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Bernard

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