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(Studio) President Ford discusses details of arms limitation agreement with USSR to congress leaders
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Ford says each side gets equal number delivery systems, incling. MIRVs. Says agreement imposes ceiling, not reduction. Doesn't include on-sight verifications. Will allow 2000 systems for each Press Secretary Ronald Nessen says USSR came to terms because Communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev feared all-out arms race.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(DC) Most congress leaders impressed with Ford's explanation. Senators Barry Goldwater and Henry Jackson critical of agreement. [Senator Strom THURMOND - says stopping arms race will save money and may help prevent general war. Ford says we can tell if they violate agreement.] [GOLDWATER - says US pursuing "will-o'-the-wisp" detente too hard, and not getting anything back.] [Senator Robert BYRD - says agreement may be step in right direction.] [JACKSON - says agreement will mean large arms build-up It allows addition of 100's of warheads.] Congress wants to see fine print in agreement. Most feel pledges won t help to reduce United States defense burden.
REPORTER: Bob Clark
- Clark, Bob;
- Jarriel, Tom;
- Smith, Howard K.
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