NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 16, 1983
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(Studio) USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko reported arriving in West Germany for talks on limiting nuclear missiles in West Europe; USSR 's efforts to drive wedge between United States and European allies over issue noted. Gromyko's trip noted 1st to West of Soviet dignitary since death of Leonid Brezhnev.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace
(DC) Implications of Gromyko's trip on behalf of Yuri Andropov examined; films shown. Andropov's recent briefing of West German pols. seeking reelec. this year recalled. [Prime Min. Margaret THATCHER - believes West strength will force USSR into negotiations.] President Reagan's efforts to convince USSR of his commitment to arms control despite recent firing of arms control agency director Eugene Rostow noted; President's reaction to Rostow and negotiator Paul Nitze's mtgs. with USSR representatives on plan known as Zero Option recalled. Vice President George Bush noted scheduled for West European trip in near future; possible meeting between Gromyko and Secretary of State George Shultz to explore United States-USSR compromise noted.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb