CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 17, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) General Manuel Antonio Noriega's advisor quoted with regard to deal with President Reagan. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Juan Vasquez) Opposition to Noriega reported believing United States betraying them by allowing Noriega's hand-picked president, Manuel Solis Palma, to remain in power. [Opposition leader Ivan ROMERO - describes situation.] Panamanian sources quoted with regard to Noriega's insistence that indictments be dropped. Current offer made by United States to Noriega illustration Noriega reported agreeing to remove Solis Palma if United States replaces ambassador Arthur Davis and his chief deputy [Min. of Commerce Mario ROGNONI - comments on situation.] Noriega's claims that United States planning invasion of Panama discussed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Trade deficit and export figs. illustration Report introduced.
(Tacoma, WA: Ray Brady) Japan reported buying large amts. of timber from WA lumber companies, thus reducing trade deficit. Japanese purchases noted making timber prices higher for United States mills. [Mill owner Arnold GARKA - says best lumber going to Japan.] Amt. of timber sold to Japan last year given. [Mill owner Ron GARKA - comments on closing mills and unempl.] [Michael CHRISTIANSEN - comments on losing job.] [Representative Peter DeFAZIO - comments on legislature proposing to rectify problems.] [WA Citizens for World Trade spokesperson Jim LANGLOIS - says United States lumber companies should learn how to conduct business with Japan.] [Indep. Forest Mfrs. spokesperson Gus KUEHNE - blames Japan for problems.]