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Neutron Bomb #279298

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Aug 09, 1981
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(Studio) International reaction to President Reagan's decision to produce neutron bomb reported; USSR and West Germany mentioned.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Santa Barbara, California) White House spokesperson Larry Speakes' qualification of Reagan's decision said possibly blunting allied criticism; Europe's concern over deployment of weapon there outlined. [Aide Edwin MEESE - thinks neutron bomb product enhances arms negotiations possibilities with USSR ; explains.] Apparent clash between Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Secretary of State Alexander Haig over issue discussed. Speakes' criticism of Jimmy Carter's treatment of issue noted.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(DC) Differing positions of Haig and Weinberger examined in detail. [Edwin MEESE - says United States is merely stockpiling missiles, not deploying them.] President Jimmy Carter's reversal of position recalled. [Zbigniew BRZEZINSKI - doesn't oppose Reagan's decision; elaborates.] Defense Department film shown. Neutron bomb's function explained; animations shown. Opposition to the weapon from Europe examined; 1979 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) decision to deploy Pershing II and cruise missiles mentioned.

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(London, England) European criticism of Reagan's decision examined; official statements from various ntns. quoted. [Air vice marshal (ret.) S.W.B. MENAUL - doesn't think neutron bomb will be deployed in Europe except for emergency.] Anti-bomb demonstrations in Frankfurt, West Germany, today shown.
REPORTER: John Blackstone

(Studio) USSR criticism of President's decision, announced by Tass, quoted.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

Blackstone, John;
Duvall, Jed;
McManus, Jim;
Stahl, Lesley

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