NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 18, 1984
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(Studio) Vice President George Bush reported presenting United States proposal to end chemical warfare to disarmament conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Geneva, Switzerland) Bush's proposal, in response to chemical warfare in S.E. Asia, Afghanistan and Iran examined; Iranian photos of alleged victims of Iraqi chemical weapons shown. [BUSH - claims psychological fear of chemical weapons among humans.] Details of proposed treaty outlined on screen. [BUSH - calls for on-site inspections.] USSR rejection of proposal considered.
REPORTER: Don Porter
(Studio) United States proposal said due to Reagan administration's perception of chemical weapons gap between United States and USSR .
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(NYC) United States and USSR chemical weapons programs compared; films shown. [1969, Richard NIXON - claims United States will never be first nation to use chemical weapons offensively.] Chemicals employed by both countries listed on screen; WW I deaths and injuries from chemicals, Benito Mussolini's use of chemicals against Ethiopians in 1936, German invention of nerve gas and Adolf Hitler's decision not to use based on mistaken belief Allies possessed it as well, recalled. United Nations noted confirming Iraq's use of chemical weapons against Iran recently. Historical films shown.
REPORTER: Bill Brown
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