CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 25, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's response to USSR offer not to product neutron bomb and statement with regard to Mideast arms sales noted. USSR offer made by leader Leonid Brezhnev detailed; film shown. Carter's reply, made at later news conf., reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) [CARTER - says Brezhnev's offer has no significance in Europe because neutron bomb was developed in order to balance Communist ntns.' tank and troop forces there, which have been built up much more than have NATO's.] Reaction to Carter statement in wake of Secretary of State Vance's trip to Moscow with regard to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), reported.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
(Studio) Opposition of Israel and of Congress to President's proposed arms sales to Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia noted. Carter's announcement of intention to keep deal as package reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Israeli foreign minister Moshe Dayan's statement that Israel might withdraw request for war planes if Carter links it to sales to Arab ntns. stated. [CARTER - hasn't heard of Dayan's statement till today; thinks further talks with Israelis necessary before final determination on Israel's stand is made.] [REPORTER - asks if Carter would withdraw package if Dayan made direct statement to him of such nature.] [CARTER - would rather not answer hypothetical question. Will withdraw proposal if Congress accepts only part of it.] Dayan's arrival in Washington, DC and speculation re: Israel's plans cited.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Studio) Report on congress reaction to Mideast arms sale issue. [House speaker Tip O'NEILL - states that votes for President don't appear to be in Congress Hopes Egypt and Israel will get together in peace talks again.] [Senator Henry JACKSON - says timing of package is wrong.]
REPORTER: Phil Jones
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