NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 22, 1969
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(Studio) Preliminary Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) talks end in Finland. New talks to be held Apr. 16 in Vienna, Austria, as Americans wanted.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Helsinki, Finland) United States and USSR agree on what will be discussed in April. Soviets wanted to keep talks in Finland. United States representative Gerard Smith and USSR rep. Vladimir Semyonov agree to go to Vienna, but return to Helsinki at later date. [SMITH - hopes United States and USSR will be able to agree on arsenal limitations. World has much to gain from such agreement.] Representatives drink toast.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Studio) President pleased with Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). Critic of American nuclear weapons program, Senator Edward Brooke, also pleased. Believed Soviets genuinely interested in ltding. arms. Rptd. Soviets may talk about link between offensive and defensive weapons systems; never done so before.
REPORTER: John Chancellor