NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 03, 1981
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(Studio) Item with regard to product of nerve gas by United States introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Field maneuvers shown. Use of gas detailed. Richard Nixon ban of nerve gas product in 1969 recalled. [Major General Niles FULWATER - advocates US product of chem. weapons as deterrent to other ntns. that product them.] Pine Bluff Arsenal, Arkansas, said being prepared for chem. weapon product Congress said okaying building of factory, but Congress and President must decide whether it will be used for product Operation, if approved, described. Stock of gas, prod. before 1969 noted. Utah storage fields shown. Soviet army film shown. Pros and cons of United States product of chemical warfare items discussed. USSR said thought intending to use nerve gas in event of war. Evidence cited. US defense preparation described. [Harvard biochemist Matthew MESELSON - notes dangers to civilians.] Prediction of consequences should gas be used in West Germany mapped on screen. [US Army Brigadier General Gerald WATSON - considers danger to civilians.] [Senator Mark HATFIELD - questions wisdom of plan.] Prospects considered.
REPORTER: John Dancy (KUTV Newstape)