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US-USSR / Nuclear Treaty #43553

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 28, 1976
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(Studio) US-USSR sign treaty limiting underground nuclear tests, and providing for observation of them by one another. Senator ok needed. Michigan primary thought reason for delay of agreement's being signed; White House denies.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) East Room ceremony, in detente tradition, scene of President Ford's signing of agreement. [FORD - interprets action as peace effort.] Henry Kissinger, Anatoliy Dobrynin, observe signing.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Moscow, USSR ) Ceremony duplicated in Moscow. Leonid Brezhnev signs treaty. Notes problems, especially with regard to banning of strategic nuclear weapons. Provisions of present treaty outlined. World War II bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, recalled.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel (narrates)

(DC) Other provisions of treaty explained.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(DC) Present treaty called end product of 20 years of negotiations. Fear of nuclear fallout in 1950's recalled. Limited test-ban treaty in 1963 recalled. History of negotiations explained; John F. Kennedy role noted. Film of 1974 treaty signing shown. Richard Nixon role recalled. United States Senator never ratified 1974 agreement. Significance of present treaty said to be on-site inspection. Danger of nuclear weapons themselves has replaced fallout fear as No. 1 concern. 1st Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement said made at height of detente. 2nd strategic arms agreement now thought unlikely.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Ronald Reagan quoted with regard to treaty signing; charges administration acting in too much secrecy.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jarriel, Tom;
Reasoner, Harry

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