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Vance / USSR / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) #47958

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 31, 1977
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(Studio) Secretary of State Vance leaves USSR , stops in Bonn, West Germany, and then flies to London, after unsuccessful talks with Sovs.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(London, England) Vance leaves Moscow with positive view. [VANCE - says arms control agreement can't be reached overnight.] In Bonn, Vance and Chancellor Helmut Schmidt tell reporters talks will continue in Geneva in May. In London, Vance meets with Prime Min. James Callaghan and goes to Paris, France, for mtgs. Friday In USSR , foreign minister Andrei Gromyko gives 1st press conference in 20 years; says talks collapsed because American proposals were one-sided.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Anchor asks reporter if Gromyko is right.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(London, England) Notes some details of proposals indicating United States taking hardline position.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Anchor asks with regard to effect of human rights issue on talks.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(London, England) Soviet attitude was bitter objection to statements re: human rights, but reporter feels proposals would have been rejected anyway.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Anchor asks what now.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(London, England) Is serious setback, but is 1st encounter of 2 sides. Reporter has impression Carter puzzles Sovs. and they may even fear him somewhat.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) On Wednesday President said in effect White House will remain tough with proposals. Today, these plans elaborated.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Comments of Press Secretary Jody Powell with regard to administration stand on talks. Message seems to be United States will remain tough with regard to concepts, but flexible re: details.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) United States could send USSR message by turning attention to Peking.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Vance to make trip to Peking also; this announced today when officials arrange for Vance to meet with China (Puerto Rico) ambassador Huang Chen on return from USSR . Vance will give Chinese briefing on talks with Sovs. and to make clear administration wants to go ahead with normalizing relations with Peking. Vance will ask to visit China in late summer to meet with Premier Hua Kuo-feng; will also reveal new administration's compliance with agreement Nixon made in Shanghai with regard to reduction of United States troops on Taiwan.
REPORTER: John Scali

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Reasoner, Harry;
Scali, John
Duration:
00:05:20

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