NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 07, 1979
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(Studio) New Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II treaty noted allowing for replacement of United States Minuteman missiles; problems faced by Carter in making decision with regard to what type of replacement noted
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Importance of ICBMs to United States defense system outlined; Defense Department film shown. Vulnerability of ICBMs examined; difficulties faced in development of new missile noted. Ideas considered and rejected by military listed; "shell game" missile system detailed. President Carter's initial response to "shell game" idea quoted. Latest plan involving MX missiles outlined. Alternative to MX considered. Congress criticism of MX stated [Senator Mark HATFIELD - comments on ultimate cost of system.] Congress support for MX cited. [Senator John TOWER - comments.] Missile problem said most crucial defense issue faced by United States in 20 years; possibility of Senator rejection of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II unless Carter approves MX missile reported.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker