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Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) II #264260

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 09, 1979
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(Studio) Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) I ratification recalled; US-USSR agreement on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II announced. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance quoted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [VANCE - comments on treaty necessity.] [Defense Secretary Harold BROWN - notes ability to verify treaty.] President Carter's continued courting of Senator ldrs noted; films shown. Summit meeting expected in June noted possibly occurring in Vienna; Leonid Brezhnev's health considered.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) Kremlin reaction to accord stated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Objectives of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II examined; weapons limitations placed on both ntns. outlined. Criticism of weapons control formula contained within treaty outlined.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

(Studio) Senator approval noted necessary prior to treaty implementation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) President Carter said still lacking necessary votes for Senator ratification; majority leader Robert Byrd's refusal to discuss meeting with Carter stated [Senator Howard BAKER - says he told Carter of his own reservations.] [Senator Henry JACKSON - explains Senator objections to treaty.] Attractiveness of Senator approval before 1980 election yr mentioned.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Incr. in strategic nuclear budget over next 5 years by admin cited; significance of treaty in US-USSR relationship examined. Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin, Leonid Brezhnev. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance mentioned.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Special report tonight announced.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Duvall, Jed;
Jones, Phil;
Kalb, Marvin;
Stahl, Lesley

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