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(Studio) Reports of United States proposal to USSR with regard to destruction of nerve gas stockpiles, made recently in Geneva, noted. United States product of new nerve gas weapons cited.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(DC) World War I use of chemical warfare said reason for Geneva protocol banning such weapons. Films shown. Suspected USSR use of chemical warfare in Afghanistan and Southeast Asia noted; file film shown. USSR said better equipped for this warfare than US. Defense Department attention to chemical warfare methods cited. [Assistant Secretary of Army Amoretta HOEBER - comments on state of United States chemical warfare preparedness.] Army chemical weapons described. Action in House and Senator with regard to funds for binary product weapons detailed; Vice President George Bush's vote mentioned. [Representative Jim LEACH - states opposition to "big-eye bomb."] [HOEBER - comments on improvements made in bomb.] Idea behind use of chemical weapons and controversy re: use, especially in West Europe, noted.
REPORTER: Bill Lynch
- Lynch, Bill;
- Stahl, Lesley
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