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NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 13, 1971
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Melvin River Laird says USSR building missile-firing subs faster than he thought; says USSR will equal United States in number by 1973. Our subs. carry 656 nuclear warhds.; theirs carry 350. Both should have 800 by 1973.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [LAIRD - says United States in sufficient position as far as weapons go. Many concerned about USSR going beyond US. We'd be at political disadvantage if they did.] United States maintains strong force so other ntns. don't realign policies with USSR .
REPORTER: Robert Goralski

(Studio) Laird says no disagreement between President Nixon and him with regard to matter.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Goralski, Robert

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