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Carter / Gromyko / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) / United States Dvt. of New ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) / Brezhnev Meeting #254288

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 23, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter and USSR foreign minister Gromyko meet at White House to discuss SALT and what to do until new agreement is reached.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Carter and Gromyko spend 3 hrs. talking mostly about Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT); Carter admin. wants both sides to informally agree to extension of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) I, without going to Congress for approval. Key Senators have expressed doubt re: legality of this. After meeting, Gromyko emerges with Secretary Vance and expresses some hope of completing new agreement, but doesn't state time frame. [GROMYKO - (thru translator) notes both sides expressed readiness and willingness to go on working on problems; is confident successful outcome will be reached.] [VANCE - notes both sides want successful conclusion to talks, but important questions remain.] Gromyko goes to State Department later for further talks; joint communique to be released on Saturday is expected to set terms for extending current Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement. On Monday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear arms negotiator paul Warnke explain administration stand.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Reporter Ike Pappas has heard from Pentagon sources that United States will move ahead with development of new, more powerful ICBM, the MX, considering Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) deadlock. There are vague hints at Carter-Gromyko meeting, with regard to possibility of Carter-Brezhnev meeting during President's November overseas trip.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin

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