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Grain Embargo #516407

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 24, 1981
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(Studio) Reagan administration's lifting of grain embargo against USSR noted include invitation to Moscow for incrd. grain purchases; Agriculture Secretary John Block mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) President Reagan's decision to end embargo, coming on memos to agriculture and commerce secys., examined; his cabinet meeting this morning mentioned as 1st since he was shot. Details given, White House photos shown. Pol. motive of ban's lifting, with regard to farm state Senators, outlined; embargo recalled imposed following USSR invasion of Afghanistan. [BLOCK - thinks USSR , allies are aware of United States opposition to aggression.] Role played by Poland's situation in issue considered.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Implications of today's order lifting the embargo for sales of various agriculture products outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Pol. effects of Reagan's decision examined; implications for Secretary State Alexander Haig noted. Jimmy Carter mentioned. [HAIG - thinks USSR should be focus of United States foreign policy.]
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Saline Cnty., Illinois) Activity today at Chicago board of trade and at Hinckley grain elevator noted. [Hinckley REP. - notes market figs.] [Tom LIKE, Sam BURGER, Ted ORMSBY, Ron FREEDERS - criticize embargo.] Farmers' long-range hopes noted contingent on USSR .
REPORTER: Norma Quarles

(Studio) Dock workers, boycotting cargos for USSR , said agreeing to handle grain shipments while continuing boycott on other goods; Tass' reaction to lifting of embargo mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Moscow, USSR ) Embargo's impact on USSR examined; general food shortages discussed. Films shown. Recent address of Nikolai Tikhonov recalled. [Kremlin spokesperson Leonid Zamyatin - (thru translator) says embargo wasn't effective.] Implications of White House decision on US-USSR relations discussed; Zamyatin's earlier remarks on issue recalled.
REPORTER: Gene Randall

Chancellor, John;
Mudd, Roger;
Quarles, Norma;
Randall, Gene;
Woodruff, Judy

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