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Carter / USSR and Neutron Bomb / Mideast Arms Sales #498502

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 25, 1978
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(Studio) USSR leader Leonid Brezhnev's statement that both United States and USSR should renounce neutron bomb and President Carter's statement that Brezhnev's remarks have no significance noted. Brezhnev's speech in Moscow detailed; film shown. Carter's other statements on issue, at press conf., reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [CARTER - says Brezhnev's offer has no significance in Europe because of heavy conventional forces Communists already have there, which W.'s neutron bomb is to balance.] President's plan to soon send Congress his proposed arms sale to Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia detailed. [CARTER - intends to withdraw arms package if Congress doesn't accept it as such.] Israeli opposition to Carter plan noted. Israeli foreign minister Dayan's upcoming visit to Washington, DC and statement that Israel would rather not have own requested arms than to see planes sold to Arabs noted. F-15 fighters mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(Studio) House speaker Tip O'Neill's statement with regard to arms sale issue reported.

(DC) Report on congress attitude toward proposed arms sale. [Representative John BRADEMAS - says Carter doesn't have votes to get measure through either International Relations Committee or full House] [Senator Frank CHURCH - thinks confrontation with Congress can't be avoided and that Senate Foreign Relations Committee won't find proposal acceptable.] [Senator James ABOUREZK - sees issue as Mideast issue with Israel trying to dictate to United States how to run foreign policy.] Secretary of State Vance's meeting with package opponents noted.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

Chancellor, John;
Hart, John;
Jamieson, Bob;
Wallace, Chris

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