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(Studio) Former Defense Secretary and hardliner James Schlesinger said feeling Reagan admin. may have overreacted in response to USSR downing of Korean Air Lines flight 007; details given.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(DC) Schlesinger's role in admins. of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford recalled. [SCHLESINGER - notes impact on US-USSR relations due to US rhetoric.] Secretary of State George Shultz's initial statement on incident recalled, quoted on screen. Issue of United States spy plane's presence in region just prior to KAL downing noted. [SCHLESINGER - doubts Soviets knew KAL plane was civilian liner at time of downing; cites need for international accommodations that don't increase risk of direct conflict or paranoia.]
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint
- Pierpoint, Robert;
- Schieffer, Bob
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