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US-USSR Relations / Missile Issue #527665

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 24, 1983
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(Studio) USSR President Yuri Andropov, in response to United States deployment of new missiles in West Europe, reported announcing decision to increase Soviet missile deployment in E. Europe and at sea.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Moscow, USSR ) Media coverage here of Andropov's statement examined; details outlined on screen, discussed. His comment on Soviet walkout from Geneva arms talks noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Andropov noted claiming USSR would reduce their missile numbers if US did likewise in Europe.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Santa Barbara, California) Reagan administration's perception of current USSR strategy discussed; national security adviser Robert McFarlane mentioned informing Reagan of Andropov's announcement. President `s statement quoted on screen. [Senator Charles MATHIAS - wasn't surprised by Soviet move, but remains concerned.] Diplomatic implications of USSR stance considered.
REPORTER: Andrea Mitchell

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea

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