NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 15, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Issue of USSR leadership in light of President Konstantin Chernenko's poor health examined; apparent roles of foreign minister Andrei Gromyko and defense minister Dmitri Ustinov considered. [Brookings Institution spokesperson Helmut SONNENFELDT - thinks Chernenko is holding on until new leadership is formed.] [Former United States ambassador Malcolm TOON - believes Gromyko and Ustinov are more powerful then they were under Leonid Brezhnev or Yuri Andropov.] [SONNENFELDT - sees Gromyko as setting tone of Soviet foreign policy.] Gromyko's anticipated role should United States-USSR summit occur noted. [Woodrow Wilson Center spokesperson James BILLINGTON - agrees that Gromyko has power over foreign policy.] Elec.-yr. benefits to Reagan of summit mentioned.
REPORTER: Steve Hurst