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Neutron Bomb Controversy / Carter / Reaction #257706

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 07, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's decision to delay product of neutron bomb noted. USSR leader Brezhnev's statements about controversy over bomb and Carter administration position on it, made prior to announcement of Carter's decision, outlined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Carter's reason for decision, use of bomb as bargaining chip with USSR , stated. Other advantages to delay, according to other officials, outlined. Use of bomb as bargaining power with Sovs., with regard to development of nuclear weapons and withdrawal of foreign military forces from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and Warsaw Pact ntns. cited.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(DC) Report on reaction to Carter's decision on Capitol Hill. [Senator Dennis DeCONCINI - thinks it was wise decision.] [Senator Sam NUNN - thinks it was bad decision and will hurt national security.] [Senator Mark HATFIELD - welcomes decision.] Gerald Ford's comments on bomb deployments, made at fund-raiser in Los Angeles on Thursday night, reported; film shown. [FORD - cites concern over neutron controversy, in light of cancellation of B-1 bomber and reports that Navy is being hurt by Carter budget.] Senator John Stennis' announcement of upcoming Senator Armed Services Committee hearings on issue and reaction of other Congmen. reported.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(DC) Report on Pentagon reaction to decision. Defense Secretary Harold Brown's attempts to get bomb product described. Department of Defense film shown. Carter's orders to upgrade 2 weapons as potential neutron carriers cited.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Announcement of decision to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) members at meeting in Brussels and their reaction reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Studio) NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) mbrs.' reaction to Carter decision, made without real prior consultation with them, described. [NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) secretary general Joseph LUNS - understands decision; notes Carter's statement that bomb will be bargaining chip with USSR .] NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) leaders' concerns about image of uncertainty and hesitancy in Washington, DC leadership, brought out by neutron controversy, noted. British Prime Min. Callaghan and West German Chancellor Schmidt's support for deployment of bomb, in face of opposition in own ntns., stated; possible political repercussions for Schmidt outlined.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

Cronkite, Walter;
Fenton, Tom;
Kalb, Bernard;
Pappas, Ike;
Pierpoint, Robert

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