CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 17, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Moscow, USSR ) USSR President Konstantin Chernenko's interview with "Washington Post" and implications for US-USSR relations examined; Syrian President Hafez al-Assad mentioned visiting Moscow at present. Films, photos shown. Chernenko's comments on arms control negotiations, space weapons, nuclear freeze outlined on screen, discussed; significance of interview's timing in relationship to US presidential election debate on foreign policy considered. Soviet media's analysis of first debate between Walter Mondale and President Reagan noted. [Soviet SPOKESPERSON - doesn't think mentality of some in United States regarding Russia is fair; remarks transcribed on screen.]
REPORTER: Mark Phillips
(DC) Reagan administration's reaction to interview examined; President mentioned not commenting directly. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - is always interested in stmts. by Kremlin hierarchy.] [Deputy press secretary Larry SPEAKES - claims US will be ready for concrete exchanges when USSR is.] [Vice President George BUSH - considers tone of Chernenko's rhetoric important.] Mondale's written statement reported; policy differences between Mondale and Reagan on points raised by Chernenko noted.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
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