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US-USSR Relations / MX Missile Dvt. / Belgrade Conference / Human Rights #46426

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 06, 1977
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(Studio) Developments in relations between United States and USSR with regard to human rights, at Belgrade conf., and new weapons system development announced in DC.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Minuteman missiles are launched from fixed silos in ground. New MX missiles would be launched from trolleys, which can shuttle about in man-made tunnels. (Defense Department film shown.) Idea is to confuse USSR , so they'll never know where MX's are, in theory. [General Alton SALY - notes Sovs. are becoming more accurate and there's not much way to protect silos. Only way to beat it is to move out of silo into another basic mode.] There is no MX now, only research and testing, but with full funding, program could be ready by mid-1980's. Pentagon spokesperson say funding will be announced in January or February; reason for today's announcement not given, but administration is known to be discouraged with regard to USSR attitude toward limiting missiles. Official attitude at Pentagon is that MX development not to be used as bargaining chip at Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations, but message is clear that United States won't fall behind while arms race in progress.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham

(Belgrade, Yugoslavia) Those attending Belgrade conference have waited to see if United States and USSR would attack each other with regard to human rights; they don't. Details of speech by chief USSR delegate Yuli Vorontsov echoing speech earlier in week by Leonid Brezhnev, cited.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Belgrade, Yugoslavia) Report on speech by chief United States delegate, Ambassador Arthur Goldberg. It is France, not United States, who speaks out most forcefully re: Moscow's treatment of intellectuals and minority groups. Goldberg doesn't speak directly of USSR . [GOLDBERG - says expression of thoughts and conscience all at conference have pledged to respect shouldn't be censored.] Is clear White House softened comments in order to keep from upsetting USSR , as negotiations on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and Mid. East are in progress, but doesn't mean Carter has softened stance on human rights.
REPORTER: John Scali

(Belgrade, yugoslavia) Another reason it's believed human rights issue is softened by United States is that there are new signs of cooperation from USSR , with regard to Mid. East.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Reasoner, Harry;
Scali, John;
Wordham, Bill

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