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Neutron Bomb Controversy / Carter / Reaction #53740

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 07, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's decision to delay product of neutron bomb noted. Carter's report that ultimate decision will depend on USSR restraint in weapons development stated.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) White House officials' statements on incrd. bargaining power of neutron bomb due to Carter decision, which forced public, editorial, congress and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) opinions to state support for it, outlined. Disagreement with this view by 2 Senators, as told to reporter Vic Ratner, noted. [Senator Henry JACKSON - thinks handling of issue has hurt United States intly.] [Senator Sam NUNN - thinks Sovs. won't bargain away weapons system they have in product for one United States hasn't courage to produce.] [Senator Robert BYRD - thinks Carter on solid ground if he intends to use this to get similar concessions from USSR .] President Carter's departure for Camp David mentioned.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Report on NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) nations' positions on bomb deployment and reaction to Carter decision. Opposition to deployment by Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Norway reported; film shown of demonstrations in Holland. Prime Minister Callaghan's support for bomb deployment in Britain noted. Carter's visit to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) ntns. in January mentioned; film shown. [Mil./pol. affairs expert Lord CHALFONT - states military's support for neutron bomb as way of redressing imbalance between Warsaw Pact and NATO.] Report is on dilemma over bomb deployment in West Germany, where greatest potential impact lies.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Bonn, West Germany) Details given concerning attitude of various factions in West German government and military with regard to deployment of bomb here. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) commander Alexander Haig's visit to German defense minister mentioned. File film shown. West Germans' position on using neutron bomb as bargaining chip with USSR noted.
REPORTER: Kati Marton

(No location given) Report on USSR leader Brezhnev's statements with regard to Carter decision and on effect of neutron bomb on United States-USSR disarmament talks. Speech made during review of Pacific fleet at Vladivostok outlined. NATO leaders' reactions to Brezhnev statements reported.
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore

(Studio) Report on late reactions from London and West Germany by Joseph Luns.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Blakemore, Bill;
Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Marton, Kati;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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