NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 06, 1977
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(Studio) Pentagon announces tentative plans to go ahead with development of MX missiles. If deployed, MX would representative new expensive and dangerous level in US-USSR arms race, but that will depend on USSR .
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) (Department of Defense photos and film shown.) Features of MX described. MX would replace Minuteman ICBM's. Pentagon spokesperson Thomas Ross says United States has offered not to develop MX if USSR also agrees not to do so, but USSR declined. [ROSS - notes Secretary Brown and President Carter have said they'd prefer to reduce number of weapons produced and deployed, through negotiations, but in absence of fair Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) outcome, United States must make sure it's not outdone.]
REPORTER: Charles Quinn