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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) USSR threat to withdraw from START talks in Geneva if planned deployment of new United States missiles in Europe proceeds examined; deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' official response quoted on screen. Implications of Soviet threat discussed. [Assistant Defense Secretary Richard PERLE - claims USSR will use whatever means necessary to persuade West alliance to accept permanent Soviet monopoly of ballistic missiles in Europe.] Films shown courtesy Martin Marietta; Reagan administration's stance on serious USSR negotiations prior to deployment of Pershing II and cruise missiles recalled. [Former arms negotiator Paul WARNKE - notes history of nuclear arms race; cites need for concessions by each side; doesn't believe current United States stance will succeed.] Implications should USSR withdraw from talks at end of month considered.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
- Rather, Dan;
- Stahl, Lesley
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