NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 17, 1969
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(Studio) Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) opens in Finland between United States and USSR . Note of American sincerity and hope read from President Nixon. Soviet Dep. For. Min. Vladimir Semyonov says Arms reduction would meet vital interests of world. 2 to meet in American Embassy Tuesday
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Helsinki, Finland) Small public ceremony held. Semyonov speaks Says USSR wants agreement that won't prejudice either side. [Chief United States negotiator Gerard SMITH - says United States to be guided by concept of keeping sufficient force for protection. Recognizes USSR has like defense responsibility. Prepared to talk of limitations of all systems.] Champagne for all. Semyonov; No. 3-man in For. Affairs. Smith is Director of Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. 2 sides meet for 1/2 hour Preliminary phase for 3 wks. Both sides serious.
REPORTER: John Chancellor