ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 31, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's pledge to use nuclear power if necessary to defend West Europe against Soviet attack and conflict among members over degree of concern for Soviet influence in Africa as subjects of discussion on final day of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) meeting in Washington, DC noted.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(DC) Details given about final meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) conf., at State Department, and President Carter's response to conference [CARTER - talks about strength of NATO.] Controversy among members about Washington, DC urging for answer to Soviet influence in Africa detailed. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Secretary General Joseph Luns' declaration that NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) won't get involved stated. [British Prime Min. James CALLAGHAN - says it appears there are those in American setting out to discover Africa for 1st time. States that organization should move slowly on Africa issue.] President Carter's advancement of idea that USSR Africa policy might damage chance for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) ratification noted. [CALLAGHAN - says Senator would be foolish not to agree to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT).] NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) mbrs.' views on Soviet-Cuban influence in Africa and continued threat in E. Europe given.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) Contrast in military preparations and supplies of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and Warsaw Pact ntns. given. Films shown. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) decision to build up own forces in response to Pact forces outlined.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham
(Studio) Report on USSR leader Leonid Brezhnev's response to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) criticisms of Soviet military preparations while Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations under way; speech made at rally in Czechoslovakia. Film shown. New York City meeting between Secretary of State Vance and USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(New York City) Details about meeting given; Vance's departure from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) meeting to attend previously unscheduled meeting with Gromyko noted. Theory of some with regard to President Carter's strategy for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) ratification while United States takes hard line with Sovs. outlined.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore
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