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Carter / Neutron Bomb Controversy #53680

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 04, 1978
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(Studio) Details with regard to neutron bomb noted. Admin. officials' denials of reports that President Carter has decided not to continue development of neutron bomb reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) Carter's decision noted as allegedly made against advice of security advisers.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Report on alleged debate within administration with regard to neutron bombs and its deployment. Positions of Secys. Brown and Vance and security adviser Brzezinski outlined. Considerations involved include USSR intentions and bomb's use as bargaining method with Sovs. Vance's upcoming trip to Moscow and his support for Carter-Brezhnev meeting soon noted.
REPORTER: John Scali

(DC) Report on White House meeting among Carter, Vance and West German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher. [VANCE - says they discussed neutron bomb among other things. Won't give date for decision on bomb; thinks it will be soon.] Suggestions in comments from White House that Carter will decide against bomb reported.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Bonn, West Germany) West Germany's vulnerability to attack from Warsaw Pact ntns. described; map and films shown. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) mentioned. Previous United States urging of West Germans to accept neutron bomb on territory and German reaction to newest development in bomb controversy examined.
REPORTER: Kati Marton

Donaldson, Sam;
Marton, Kati;
Reasoner, Harry;
Reynolds, Frank;
Scali, John

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