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Arms Talks / Vance / Jackson / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) / Mideast Developments #498473

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 23, 1978
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(Studio) Secretary of State Vance's arrival in London after mtgs. in Moscow on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) noted. Details of meeting between Vance and foreign minister Andrei Gromyko given. Senator Henry Jackson's comments on administration handling of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and urging to Congress to delay arms sales to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, as made on CBS program "Face the Nation", quoted.
REPORTER: Kelly Lange

(DC) Congress expectations that President Carter's arms package to Mideast won't be passed unless significantly altered stated. Reason given is that choosing sides in Mideast isn't as easy now. Controversy over selling F-15's to Saudi Arabia outlined. [Representative Benjamin ROSENTHAL - says such sale to Saudis would push them into being confrontation state if another war developed.] [Senator Jacob JAVITS - says political decision is that if ntns. of impt. to United States in Mideast need weapons, United States should make sale.] Congress unity in opposing administration plan to make sale of planes to Israel contingent upon plane sale to Arabs reported; evidence cited. [Senator Frank CHURCH - states dangerous precedent in administration package deal as reason for congress opposition.] Admin. indications of intent to stick with package deal noted. [Representative Lee HAMILTON - cites reasons colleagues would like to delay vote on issue.] Likely compromises in arms sales stated. Films shown.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Potential impact on Israeli military and foreign policy, if Congress doesn't approve arms sales reported.
REPORTER: Kelly Lange

(Israel) Amt. of American-built equipment used by Israelis in invasion into s. Lebanon outlined. Film shown. Present Israeli military situation, reluctance of some United States Congmen. to approve proposed arms sale and reasons described. Israeli position on requested arms from President Carter stated.
REPORTER: Bill Sternoff

(Studio) Prime Min. Begin's upcoming trip to Washington, DC for discussions with President Carter mentioned. Report on meeting between Assistant Secretary of State Alfred Atherton and President Sadat.
REPORTER: Kelly Lange

(Red Sea, Egypt) Details of Atherton-Sadat meeting and its outcome given. [ATHERTON - talks about progress made in talks.] Sadat's reported wait for new proposals from President Carter stated.
REPORTER: David Burrington

Burrington, David;
Lange, Kelly;
Sternoff, Bill;
Wallace, Chris

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