CBS Evening News for Saturday, Sep 03, 1983
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(Studio) President Reagan said confirming plans to proceed with nuclear arms negotiations with USSR despite recent Soviet downing of KAL passenger plane; USSR version of incident outlined on screen. Possibility of wreckage being located in South Pacific mentioned; Secretary of State George Shultz thought demanding truth from foreign minister Andrei Gromyko during next week's Madrid conference
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(DC) Reagan mentioned meeting today with arms negotiator Paul Nitze. [REAGAN - doesn't feel arms talks lessen significance of KAL incident.] Implications of press being allowed to televise President's weekly radio address for 1st time noted. [REAGAN - notes Soviet hypocrisy.] National Sec. Council mentioned briefing Reagan on Lebanon situation as well as updating him on KAL affair.
REPORTER: Bill Plante
(Studio) Options for retaliation against USSR , focusing on Aeroflot landing rights, discussed.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer Bill Plante
(DC) State Department noted briefing allies on United States plans for retaliation. [Dutch embassy spokesperson Pieter KOCH - considers United States response well-balanced and moderate.] United States noted investigating possibility of wide-scale aerial isolation of USSR by international limitations on flights to and from Moscow. Shultz's upcoming meeting with Gromyko discussed.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin
(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(DC) Possibility that USSR pilots initially believed they were tracking United States spy plane, RC-135, examined; details illustrated on map. Factors diminishing possibility of mistaken identity with KAL 747 explained. Japanese intercepts of USSR radio communications pertaining to KAL downing considered.
REPORTER: David Martin
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