NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 18, 1969
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(Studio) Indications exist that the Nixon administration wants to build Sentinel ABM system despite Congress and citizen opposition.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Studio) Laird and Dep. Defense Secretary David Packard hold news conference Packard says Nixon administration Sentinel might be better than Johnson Sentinel. Laird says he was wrong not to believe former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara's warnings about Chinese missile threat. [LAIRD - declares-he questioned Chinese capability. Admits McNamara was right.] [PACKARD - reports many aspects to Sentinel system; names them.] At Senator For. Relations committee meeting, Secretary State William Rogers urges ratification of nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Senator Albert Gore wants to know if article in treaty meant we'd have to talk to USSR before building Sentinel system. [ROGERS - says treaty doesn't mention anti-ballistic missile systems. Article 6 doesn't refer to any particular weapon. anti-ballistic missile system to be discussed when negotiations start.] Packard says he'll have recommendations by next month
REPORTER: John Chancellor