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(Studio) President Carter's address to nation tonight with regard to his course of action with situation of USSR combat troops being in Cuba noted; details of coverage announced. Defense Secretary Harold Brown's planned trip to China (PR) and US Navy task force's move into Caribbean, south of Puerto Rico, said likely to cause reaction in Moscow; USS Forrestal mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) White House preparations for Carter's speech noted; apparent restrained tone implied. Purpose of speech said to rescue Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II treaty; details given. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance noted briefing Sense Robert Byrd and Howard Baker; films shown. Carter reported possibly announcing new information which came out of discussions between Vance, Anatoly Dobrynin and Andrei Gromyko; details given. White House aide quoted with regard to President's course of action.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Stahl, Lesley
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