CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 25, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Pre-Moscow, USSR , summit preparations discussed. Many differences noted remaining between United States and USSR . President Reagan's aides reported claiming dialogue between countries friendlier and more open re: controversial issues like human rights. Report introduced.
(DC: Wyatt Andrews) USSR reported claiming that United States homeless situation and juveniles on death row for murder are human rights abuses. United States officials reported seriously considering USSR 's assertions. Most in-depth meeting on human rights issues reported held between United States and USSR in DC. United States noted questioning USSR 's use of mental wards as jails. [USSR spokesperson Vadim PERFILIEV - says sides were criticizing each other openly.] Conservative critics reported attacking Reagan administration for allowing United States and USSR human rights issues to be compared. [Conservative Caucus spokesperson Howard PHILLIPS - says Reagan now operating in context of USSR views.] Human rights advocates noted praising new approach. [American Jewish Congress spokesperson Henry SIEGMAN - says USSR listening to United States now that United States listening to USSR .] State Department reported proclaiming discussions successful. [Assistant Secretary of State Richard SCHIFTER - comments on problem-solving.] Pros and cons of approach discussed.