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Neutron Bomb Controversy / Carter / Reaction #498668

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 07, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's decision to delay production of neutron bomb, in attempt to get USSR to restrain own weapons development, noted. Carter's orders to military to continue preparations for use of bomb if it's ever built reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Report on reasons for Carter decision. Plans to modernize weapons in W. Europe in preparation for neutron if ever produced noted. President Carter's departure for Camp David mentioned.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Reluctance of West Germany to publicly support bomb, which would be used there, stated; West Germans' thoughts that neutron would only be used across Iron Curtain mentioned. Is noted that neutron is designed to repel invasion of West by Soviet forces from East Germany and Czechoslovakia.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Explanation given of how neutron bomb works and Pentagon support for weapon. Films and drawings shown.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(W. Germany) Bomb proponents' support for neutron as ideal counter to USSR tank superiority noted. Disappearance of most opposition from left wing of Chancellor Schmidt's party in West German government stated. Is reported that if neutron produced, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) would have weapon that Sovs. don't yet have.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Secretary General's statements with regard to Carter decision quoted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Brussels, Belgium) Private NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) representatives meeting reported [Secretary Joseph LUNS - reads statement.] Other private NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) mbrs.' reactions and American officials' responses reported.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) Report on congress reaction to Carter decision. GOP's probable attempt to make controversy into campaign issue stated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Briggs, Fred;
Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John;
Quinn, Charles;
Woodruff, Judy

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