CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 08, 1983
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(Studio) French radio said quoting Spanish maritime broadcast regarding discovery of debris and human remains from KAL flight 007 recently downed by USSR ; details given. President Reagan's announcement of further retaliation against USSR and measures under consideration by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) foreign mins. meeting in Madrid discussed. Films shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Madrid, Spain) Tense atmosphere in Secretary of State George Shultz's meeting here today with USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko concerning KAL incident examined; details outlined on screen, discussed. Films shown. Gromyko's insensitivity to affair and his rejection yesterday of public criticism of USSR 's downing of passenger plane noted. [SHULTZ - considers Gromyko's explanation preposterous and totally unacceptable.] Implications of KAL incident on United States-USSR relations considered.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(DC) USSR ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin reported called to State Department to receive President Reagan's order to close all Aeroflot ofcs. in United States and for Aeroflot personnel to leave country; Reagan's alleged reaction to Gromyko's actions in Madrid described. Necessity for allies to join United States sanctions if they are to be effective mentioned. Reagan said also requesting CAB to suspend Aeroflot ticket sales in United States and to prohibit United States airlines from writing and selling Aeroflot tickets in United States. [State Department spokesperson Alan ROMBERG - notes conditions for terminating United States sanctions.] Aeroflot flights to United States recalled suspended during Polish crisis; White House response to criticism that President's sanctions are weak mentioned. Pol. fallout of KAL crisis, incl. improbability of Reagan meeting with Yuri Andropov before 1984 election, considered.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(Studio) Boycott of Russian vodka by many state liquor stores noted; Univ. Arcades in Austin, Texas, reported reprogramming video games with anti-USSR messages. Details given, video messages shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather