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US-USSR / Summit / NATO #313183

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Oct 24, 1987
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Brussels, Belgium: Bill McLaughlin) Secretary of State George Shultz's response to USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev's refusal to set a date for summit talks reported [SHULTZ - says intermediate range missile treaty can be signed without a summit.] NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies not concerned about rushing United States-USSR agreement. [NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Secretary General Lord CARRINGTON - says there is still distrust between the two sides.] [Canada foreign minister Joe CLARK - says progress towards agreement has been made.] [SHULTZ - says Gorbachev still open to possibility of summit meeting this year] NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies' private relief that United States did not rush into agreement with USSR .

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(DC: Terence Smith) President Reagan's position that United States will not make concessions for sake of summit reported Gorbachev's decision noted catching United States off-balance. [Former arms negotiator Ralph EARLE - calls Gorbachev's handling of situation brilliant.] Exs. of Gorbachev's skillful diplomacy in dealing with United States outlined; details given, scenes shown. SDI/Star Wars animation shown. Reagan's refusal to discuss SDI/Star Wars at summit reported [REAGAN - says SDI/Star Wars not a bargaining chip.] [EARLE - says Reagan's unwillingness to negotiate on SDI/Star Wars might have triggered Gorbachev's behavior.] Possibility summit meeting may be rescheduled when Gorbachev feels he can get no more concessions noted.

McLaughlin, Bill;
Schieffer, Bob;
Smith, Terence

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