CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 06, 1983
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(Studio) USSR reported acknowledging shooting down KAL passenger liner last week, claiming pilot mistakenly identified it as spy plane. Admission said coming during United Nations Sec. Council meeting during which United States produced audio tapes of Soviet pilots preparing for missile attack on plane.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Moscow, USSR ) Kremlin's formal statement, televised here, quoted on screen, discussed; USSR version of incident, accusing United States of preplanning it detailed. Radio Moscow's intense attack on President Reagan's speech last night noted. [Radio Moscow ANNOUNCER - claims Reagan is fomenting anti-Soviet mentality in US.] Question of Yuri Andropov's possible role in decision to down plane versus independence of Soviet military considered.
REPORTER: Don McNeill
(NYC) United Nations Sec. Council session in which United States ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick produced audio tapes of Soviet pilots stalking KAL flight examined. [Voice of INTERPRETER - translates pilot's remarks; conversation transcribed on screen.] [KIRKPATRICK - notes pilot's comments on KAL 007 contradict official USSR version of incident.] USSR ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky said unaware of Moscow's admission when he read his response to Kirkpatrick's allegations. [TROYANOVSKY - (thru translator) claims KAL flight was mistakenly identified as United States spy plane.] Troyanovsky's later claim that US is completely responsible for plane's downing noted.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet
(DC) Taped comments of Soviet pilots responsible for missile attack noted refuting USSR stance on incident; remarks quoted on screen. Questions left unanswered by audio tapes considered. [TROYANOVSKY - (thru translator) conts. to claim USSR pilots tried to warn KAL plane.] Lack of evidence in audio tapes to substantiate ambassador's claim noted; pilot's comments said indicating his knowledge plane was unarmed. Details given.
REPORTER: David Martin
(Studio) Kremlin statement defending pilot's downing of plane and warning to other intruders quoted. International Federal of Air Line Pilots Assns. reported calling for temporary ban on all flights to Moscow in retaliation; details given. Anti-USSR demonstration in Long Beach, California, involving primarily Koreans, examined. Films shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather