ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 09, 1976
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(Studio) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger refuses to rule out use of nuclear weapons in certain areas if national interests at stake. He speaks at Senate hearing.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) United States refuses to sell nuclear reprocessing plants overseas because they can produce weapons grade materials or nuclear bombs. West Germany selling plant to Brazil. France to sell 1 to Pakistan. [Senator Abraham RIBICOFF - puzzled why United States and USSR don't pressure West Germany and France.] [KISSINGER - says United States never asked USSR to help cut off nuclear fuel to our closest NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies because it would be step of utmost gravity. Speaks of United States being accused of being both too conciliatory to USSR and not cooperating enough with them.] [RIBICOFF - says if detente means anything, it's for United States and USSR to work in this field. Should toss detente concept in sewer if United States unwilling to take leadership role.] [KISSINGER - says there's great activity toward that goal. Restates issue of contention.] Kissinger afraid USSR would go back on agreement and gain useful leverage in West Europe.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel