CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 12, 1984
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(Studio) United States and Nicaraguan versions of yesterday's downing of United States Army helicopter by Nicaragua on its border with Honduras outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Honduras) Circumstances of helicopter's downing in border region examined; details illustrated on map. Death of pilot CWO Jeffrey Schwab accounted; US mil. spokesperson said conceding possibility of Nicaragua's claim that craft was in its air space. [Colonel James STRACHAN - doesn't know if helicopter strayed into Nicaragua or not.] Craft's landing site in Honduras recalled said area in which United States journalists were killed last year
(DC) President Reagan's condemnation of attack on helicopter quoted. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - considers attack indefensible; explains.] [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - denies plan to retaliate.] Shultz's claim that United States is willing to return to spirit of detente with USSR noted. [SHULTZ - notes USSR must cooperate in easing tensions.] His upcoming Stockholm meeting with USSR foreign min. Andrei Gromyko in effort to revive dormant arms talks discussed. USSR President Yuri Andropov reported repeating his demand that United States withdraw cruise and Pershing II missiles from West Europe before arms talks can resume; details given, his statement quoted on screen. [SHULTZ - doesn't believe USSR has violated all its agreements with US.]
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin