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US-USSR Relations / Dissident Trials / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) / Economy Conference #258739

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 1978
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(Studio) Continuing treason trial of dissident Anatoly Shcharansky in Moscow, USSR , noted. Focus of attention on trial in Geneva and Washington, DC stated.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Geneva, Switzerland) Report on meeting in Geneva on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) between Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko. Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) issues of missile systems development and backfire bomber mentioned. Vance's passage of message from President Carter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev with regard to Shcharansky trial reported [GROMYKO - responds to question with regard to trials.] Natalia Avital Shcharansky's presence in Geneva for meeting with Vance and her participation in demonstration there noted. Possibility of her meeting with Carter in West Germany, where he goes on Thursday, stated. State Department spokesperson Hodding Carter's response reported with regard to United Nations ambassador Andrew Young's statements about Mrs. Shcharansky and alleged political prisoners in United States. Vance's reported reaction to Young remarks cited.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Phone conversation between Mrs. Shcharansky and Rosalynn and Lillian Carter reported President Carter's comments on trials, during interview for European TV, noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Film of interview, given on Tuesday, shown; details given. [CARTER - doesn't think trials are direct slap at self. Says chgs. of Shcharansky's spying for United States are patently false and Sovs. know it.] President's other comments on trials stated. Reason for interview reported as upcoming econ. summit in Bonn; Carter's necessary defense there about lack of energy bill passage noted. [CARTER - says manufactured goods imports are larger than oil imports, but manufacturing ntns. like Japan and West Germany don't mention this in discussion of United States economy] Details about United States economy contrasted to that of Japan and West Germany given.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley

(Studio) House resolution with regard to USSR trials and Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) talks noted; earlier Senator resolution mentioned. Statement signed in Moscow in 1977 by "Los Angeles Times" reporter Robert Toth and presented in espionage trial of Shcharansky by prosecution, as evidence against dissident, described. Toth's denials of intelligence work and comment on signed statement given.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Bradley, Ed;
Kalb, Marvin;
Mudd, Roger

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