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US-USSR Relations / Summit / Gorbachev-Cong. Leaders #314189

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 09, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR reported discussing Afghanistan withdrawal if United States agrees to cut long-range strategic missiles. President Reagan quoted regarding proposal. USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev shown meeting Congress leaders at Soviet embassy. Gorbachev's image discussed. Gorbachev mentioned doing most of talking during White House photograph session.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Studio: Bill Plante) USSR withdrawal from Afghanistan and SDI/Star Wars reported heading summit agenda. USSR officials quoted regarding summit progress. [USSR general secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV - (thru translator) says willing to discuss specifics of USSR withdrawal from Afghanistan.] Gorbachev quoted regarding Senators and INF treaty ratification. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) there'll be treaty.] Gorbachev and President Reagan reported having private meeting in President's study. [White House spokesperson Marlin FITZWATER - President wanted private meeting to begin day.] Verification agreement shown being signed by Secretary of State George Shultz and USSR foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze. White House officials quoted regarding summit.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Studio: Wyatt Andrews) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev's "sincerity campaign" discussed. Gorbachev shown meeting with Congress leaders [Senator Robert BYRD - discusses what was said to Gorbachev regarding Afghanistan.] Congress reactions noted. [Senator Alan SIMPSON - Gorbachev gets to point quickly.] [Representative Tony COELHO - comments on Gorbachev.] Gorbachev's knowledge of American public opinion noted. Gorbachev shown meeting with American bdcstrs. and pubs. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) defends USSR human rights stance.] Gorbachev's success in United States mentioned. [Senator Robert DOLE - notes public relations effort of USSR instead of substantive talk.] Remaining summit agenda outlined; scenes shown. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) mankind has had enough war.] Gorbachev's domestic troubles discussed.

(Studio: DR, Bill Plante and Wyatt Andrews) Possibilities of real movement on United States-USSR differences discussed. Future summits mentioned. Summit atmosphere noted important in spite of no real progress on difficult issues.

Andrews, Wyatt;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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