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Carter / Neutron Bomb Controversy #257651

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 04, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's apparent decision to halt development of neutron bomb and reactions of Defense Department, Congress and West Germany noted. West German foreign minister's hurried trip to Washington, DC reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) West Germany's position on use of neutron bomb as deterrent against Soviet ground attack stated. [VANCE - cites discussion of bomb among other things and says no decision has yet been made.] Reaction on Capitol Hill described; Senator Sam Nunn's interruption of Canal treaty debate noted. Audio tape played. [NUNN - says decision against bomb could weaken American position with USSR .] [Senator Howard BAKER - thinks this would be serious mistake in long line of such mistakes with regard to United States defense Says any such decision will have great effect on ratification of any treaty. Cites own and other Congmen.'s concerns with regard to administration positions on national defense] Indications that Carter has decided to shelve project cited.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Expected controversy in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) ntns. if bomb development is halted and reasons for it reported USSR 's previously stated position on neutron bomb, especially re: SALT negotiations, mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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