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Foreign Policy Developments / Neutron Bomb Controversy #257687

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 06, 1978
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(Studio) For. policy developments on neutron bomb and Canal treaty noted. Reporters' notes on President Carter's decision to delay, not halt, product of neutron bomb and Panamanian moves jeopardizing Canal treaty outlined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Officials's statements reported on Carter's decision to postpone development of neutron bomb. Apparent hopes for decision to encourage USSR to make similar moves in nuclear arsenal development, despite bomb's not being part of SALT II negotiations, noted. Plans to provide west European ntns. in NATO with other weapons to build up forces there cited.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(W. Germany) Report on attitude of military, especially NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and West German forces toward neutron bomb as equalizer in strength with Communist ntns. West Germany's common borders with East Germany and Czechoslovakia noted. [NATO commander Alexander HAIG - cites advantages of bomb.] Films shown. West German government difficulties in mustering public support for neutron bomb outlined. [Social Democratic party spokesperson Uwe HOLTZ - states party's opposition to such weapons and to arms race.]
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Studio) Secretary of State Vance's report that Carter will announce decision soon noted. Statements on controversy by House Armed Services Committee chairperson Melvin Price and Senator John Melcher quoted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Walker, Hal

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