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Vance / USSR / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) Collapse #47940

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 30, 1977
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(Studio) Details of United States proposals with regard to arms limitation, carried to USSR by Secretary of State Vance, noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Moscow, USSR ) Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev attends mtgs. in morning to tell Americans their proposals unacceptable; doesn't offer alternate. For now, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) at standoff, except for Vance meeting with USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko in May. Later Vance speaks of disarmament talks' collapse and reports some progress in other areas. [VANCE - says talks were useful and United States-USSR relations still intact.] Vance is asked if collapse means acceleration of arms race. [VANCE - hopes not.] Vance claims disbelief that Carter human rights statements affected talks' outcome, despite USSR statement before and during talks that it would.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(DC) Congress leaders called to White House to hear of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) breakdown from President, who says he doesn't believe it's as bad as seems. [CARTER - says talks productive; notes further talks in Geneva in May.] Productive part of talks outlined; later Carter tells reporters he'll persevere. [CARTER - he's not discouraged and will continue strong negotiations.] Carter says he doesn't know why talks fell apart; doesn't think it was own human rights stand, but won t stop talking of it. [CARTER - says there's been recognition in international law that statements with regard to 1 nation's beliefs isn't intrusion in another's internal affairs.] Carter warns Sovs. if Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement not reached, United States will probably begin arms build-up.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Intelligence officials say events at Moscow talks are USSR 's attempt to scare Carter into early concessions as with John Kennedy's 1st meeting with Nikita Khrushchev. Officials say if Carter stands firm, there'll probably be agreement made before Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) I runs out in October
REPORTER: John Scali

(Studio) United States and USSR made friendly gestures on lower level before collapse of talks. Coast Guard releases USSR trawler, seized off Cape Cod for fishing in United States waters and other violations, at request of State Department Terms arranged finally for shipping United States grain to USSR on United States vessels; agreement announced by Commerce Secretary Juanita Krepresentatives
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner


(Studio) In Mozambique, USSR President Nikolai Podgorny warns West ntns. against aiding South Africa in development of nuclear weapons. France, West Germany, and Israel rptdly. have been giving such aid.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Reasoner, Harry;
Scali, John

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