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Weapons Decision #513723

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Oct 03, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(DC) President Reagan's defense of MX missile decision recalled; California meeting with President, Senator John Tower and Representative William Dickinson recalled. Dickinson reported claiming Edwin Meese is responsible for MX decision. [DICKINSON - doesn't think President's plan is solution.] [Physicist Dr. Charles TOWNES - discusses vulnerability of plan.] [REAGAN - comments.] Question of long range objectives being feasible considered.
REPORTER: Andrea Mitchell

(Studio) Tass reaction to President's decision quoted. [Soviet central committee spokesperson Georgi ARBATOV - considers it a dangerous game.] Admin.'s defense of arms decision noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(DC) Reagan's perception of "window of vulnerability" examined. [Yesterday, REAGAN - claims window is opening.] Phrase defined; background to Titan and Minuteman systems recalled. [REAGAN - explains use of term.] Hypothetical scenarios considered. [Former Massachusetts Institute of Technology president Jerome WIESNER - doesn't believe USSR can destroy United States missile system.] Role of cruise missiles and submarine fleet in United States national security noted.
REPORTER: Steve Delaney

(Studio) San Francisco Archbishop John Quinn reported urging congregation to take stand against spread of nuclear arms; details given.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Delaney, Steve;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Savitch, Jessica

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