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Vance / USSR / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) II #47893

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 28, 1977
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(Studio) Secretary of State Vance begins Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations with USSR , as Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) I runs out in fall. Vance takes new American position with him and Sovs. not happy with it. But before arms talks could begin, issue of human rights was discussed.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Moscow, USSR ) Report on talks, include Brezhnev's comments with regard to Carter human rights statements, Vance's replies and discussions on arms control.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Vance has acknowledged group of USSR dissidents asked him to meet with them on arrival, but he declined because agenda full.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Moscow, USSR ) Many Soviet dissidents in jail but unofficial leader, Nobel Prizewinner Andrei Sakharov, conts. to speak out. [SAKHAROV - (reporter translates) says Carter's proposal that human rights shouldn't influence detente is good and Sovs. interested in trade and disarmament, too, so they might negotiate in business way despite tough statements.] Reporter asks if US government could push too hard, if Brezhnev is bluffing. [SAKAROV (reporter translates) - states views on Soviet position; says if attention to dissidents lapses now, it would be tragic.]
REPORTER: Lynn Jones

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jones, Lynn;
Reasoner, Harry

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