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Korean Jet Downing / Aftermath #293126

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 09, 1983
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(Studio) USSR defense of its recent downing of KAL passenger plane noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Moscow, USSR ) Press conference here in which chief of staff General Nikolai Ogarkov presented Soviet version of incident featured; films shown. [OGARKOV - (thru translator) claims KAL flight was spy craft which evaded Soviet efforts to warn it.] Basis of Ogarkov's allegations that KAL 007 was joint United States-Japanese intelligence flight outlined on screen, discussed. [OGARKOV - (thru translator) alleges KAL plane tried to escape Soviet aircraft.] Yuri Andropov mentioned; Soviet state commission of inquiry said concluding incident was "crude American provocation."
REPORTER: David Andelman

(DC) Contradictions between United States and USSR accounts of incident examined. [OGARKOV - (thru translator) claims Soviet interceptor fired tracer bullets as warning.] Tape of Soviet pilots' radio communication during incident, played recently at United Nations Sec. Council, noted not indicating any such warning shots; Soviet fighter plane SU-15 said not equipped with guns used for warning shots. [OGARKOV - (thru translator) denies Soviet plane saw any lights on KAL flight.] Soviet pilots, on released tapes, noted indicating twice that KAL's navigation lights were flashing. [OGARKOV (thru translator) - claims it was dark, cloudy night and thus Soviet pilots were unable to visually determine type of aircraft they were pursuing.] President Reagan and Soviet pilots, on tapes, noted both describing the weather and visibility as good; details outlined on screen. [Internal information department chief Leonid ZAMYATIN - (thru translator) accuses United States reconnaissance plane of using KAL flight as shield.] United States intelligence craft said never closer than 75 nautical miles to KAL 007, proceeding in opposite direction.
REPORTER: David Martin

(Studio) Japanese fishermen reported recovering mutilated body of child and debris from KAL 007; details given, films shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Washington National Cathedral memorial service for KAL victims featured; films shown. President and Nancy Reagan noted present. [Right Rev. John T. WALKER - praises Reagan's handling of affair; criticizes USSR .] [REAGAN - responds to criticism that he hasn't been hard enough on USSR .] President noted proclaiming next Sunday national day of mourning; historical significance of measure mentioned. Reagan said addressing UN General Assembly next month; possibility of meeting between him and Yuri Andropov considered.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Studio) United Nations Sec. Council's scheduled meeting to discuss KAL downing said canceled apparently due to weakening Third World support for resolution; USSR for. minister Andrei Gromyko, meeting in Paris with French exterior relations minister Claude Cheysson and President Francois Mitterrand, said continuing to receive criticism over USSR handling of KAL incident. Secretary of State George Shultz's continue attack on USSR quoted. West German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, meeting in Madrid recently with Gromyko, said claiming USSR is now willing to alter stance on previous demand that British and French nuclear weapons be included in arms talks with United States; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Andelman, David;
Martin, David;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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