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NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 30, 1977
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(Studio) Carter administration's 1st attempt to get Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II agreement started is failure. USSR rejects both proposals taken to Moscow by Secretary of State Vance.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Moscow, USSR ) USSR Communist leader Leonid Brezhnev attends meeting to give answer to United States proposals. Later Vance says meeting buslike.; lasted only 1 hr. [VANCE - Sovs. offer nothing new in own proposals. Hopes Sovs. will look at American proposals and groups can talk again. Is disappointed he leaves without general framework of agreement.] Vance says United States human rights stand had nothing to do with rejection of plans. Secretary will meet with USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko in May.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) President Carter says if USSR doesn't appear to be acting in good faith at May meeting, he'll consider step-up of strategic weapons.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Carter calls congress leaders to White House to discuss situation. [CARTER - says talks productive despite Soviet rejections; notes Geneva talks in May.] Later President talks to reporters [CARTER - says no reasons given for rejections; feels Sovs. may need more time to look at proposals. Cites conditions for consideration of new weapon development Won't modify human rights statements; they aren't intrusion in affairs of other ntns.] Details of proposals with regard to arms control and agreements on other issues by United States and USSR noted.
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger

(Studio) Carter also says Sovs. claim Ford administration pledged to forego development of cruise missile; Carter says Ford and Kissinger both told him this wasn't so.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Several Senators, include Frank Church, Jacob Javits and Henry Jackson say USSR tests Carter to see if he'll back down with regard to human rights statements.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Berger, Marilyn;
Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Valeriani, Richard

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