CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 17, 1978
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(Studio) Exchange between USSR premier Alexei Kosygin and American Senators visiting Moscow, when Americans brought up subject of alleged Soviet shipment of MiG-23 fighter planes to Cuba, detailed. Film shown. Carter administration orders for US reconnaissance flights over Cuba to learn if MiG's are equipped with nuclear bombs noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) President Carter's order for resumption of spy flights over Cuba, discontinued after he came to office, noted. Pentagon sources' report that no nuclear weapons have so far been discovered stated. Defense Department and Soviet government films shown. Details about MiG-23's and about scanning capabilities of American SR-71 given. Photos shown; are reported to be some taken by U-2 plane during 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Dvt. of SR-71 and its use in 1973 bombing halt for flights over North Vietnam and in 1973 Mideast war cited. Possibility that Cubans' might try to shoot down SR-71 with Soviet-supplied missiles noted. Sources' statement that recon flights are partly to indicate to USSR serious view United States takes of situation reported.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
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