CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 1977
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(Studio) USSR foreign minister Gromyko criticizes United States and state of detente in UN speech, but all while is planning trip to Washington, DC for hastily scheduled meeting tonight with President Carter. Has been learned this is due to breakthru in SALT negotiations.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(New York City) In United Nations speech, Gromyko says United States-USSR relations are in poor state and getting worse. [GROMYKO - (thru translator) says progress in detente can't be made without minimum of trust and mutual understanding between United States and USSR ; says relations between 2 nations have recently experienced stagnation. Notes more complications have emerged, with regard to issues of broad international concern.] Gromyko's remarks with regard to President Carter's decision to continue development of cruise missile noted; foreign minister says this is against 1975 Vladivostok Agreement. Gromyko also protests development of neutron bomb.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet
(DC) Administration spokesperson say Gromyko speech is routine attack on United States human rights policy and neutron bomb development, and was probably written weeks before Gromyko and Carter had apparently fruitful meeting last week. Has been learned that President then gave Gromyko revised United States ideas for breaking deadlock in Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT); Gromyko was to relay these to Kremlin. When Gromyko got response from USSR Monday night, he immediately asked to see Carter. Gromyko and Vance will be in Washington, DC tonight for meeting with Carter. Agreement, apparently close, would limit development of United States cruise missile and USSR SS-18 missile.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
(Studio) Gromyko also notes in United Nations speech that USSR will join United States and Great Britain in ban of underground nuclear weapons tests. Is 1st time USSR hasn't demanded China (Puerto Rico) also be included. United States detonates nuclear device today at test site in Yucca Flat, Nevada.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
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