NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 03, 1977
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(Studio) Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) I agreement expired at midnight last night, but both United States and USSR have agreed to abide by it until new one is reached. Special report with regard to United States position on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT).
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Studio) History of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) I noted; negotiations began in Helsinki just one year after USSR had invaded Czechoslovakia and after USSR had been humiliated in Cuban missile crisis, and it was signed by Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev in 1972. Some details of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) I cited. In 1974, Gerald Ford met with Brezhnev in Vladivostok to outline new agreement; Brezhnev, it was later learned, spent hrs. on telephone to Moscow, selling outline to others at Kremlin. USSR leader now has more power than he did then and has put much prestige on line to get new agreement, which foreign minister Gromyko has been working hard to get. Last week in Washington, DC Gromyko said he'd like to get it finalized. (Films shown.) [GROMYKO - (thru translator) wants to work toward conclusion of 2nd agreement.] President Carter would also like to see SALT II finalized, as he's had no great foreign policy successes in 1st year in office. Carter administration's 1st attempt to present proposals to USSR , with Secretary Vance's trip to Moscow in March, was failure, but now president says there's some progress. [CARTER - says there's progress, but agreement isn't immediate prospect. Notes negotiators return to Geneva to try to work out differences and that there's no plan for meeting with Brezhnev at present.] On Thursday, same day Carter made above comment, Gromyko was interviewed for USSR TV; says only minor differences remain. Seems possible that Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II could be in force before end of year Carter could meet Brezhnev next month; he'll be in Poland. However, most feel signing will be on American soil, maybe Hawaii or Alaska. Agreement will have to be approved by Congress, and survive Senator Henry Jackson's questioning, but Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) is still here.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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