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(Studio) Admin.'s defense of President Reagan's decision to produce neutron bomb noted include numerous television appearances by Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Santa Barbara, California) White House response to USSR criticism of neutron decision quoted. [Vice President George BUSH - thinks there's an arms imbalance between United States and USSR ; responds to criticism of neutron bomb's inhumanity.] Basis of Weinberger's argument outlined. [WEINBERGER equates situation with Poland's intimidation by USSR .] [Senator Mark HATFIELD notes sequence of events possibly leading to all-out nuclear war.] Implications of future negotiations with USSR by presence of neutron product noted.
REPORTER: Bill Plante
(Studio) President Leonid Brezhnev said allegedly telling United States Senators in 1978 of USSR 's test of own neutron bomb; details given. Reaction to announcement among United States allies in Europe outlined; various ntns.' individual responses listed. Helmut Schmidt mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
- Plante, Bill;
- Rather, Dan
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