ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 02, 1978
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(Studio) Tensing of United States-USSR relations in recent days noted; latest dvts. re: bugging in Moscow and President Carter's reaction to newspaper report on arms talks.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) "Washington Post" item, saying White House has frozen Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations, mentioned. President Carter's reaction described; telephone call to press secretary to set up details for President's personal refutation of story stated. [CARTER - says "Post" story is totally inaccurate and that reporters were told that prior to printing of item. Calls story damaging to cntry., to own credibility and to prospect of continuing basic United States policy of working toward Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement in best ints. of cntry.] Overview of "Post" story given. Carter's reaction examined.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) Major differences between United States and USSR in Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), with regard to backfire bomber and new systems of land-based missiles, outlined. Report on new revelation about old problem, complicating recent developments.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Moscow, USSR ) Details given about United States workmen's discovery of Soviet bugging system in United States embassy in Moscow while repairing damage created by fire at embassy last year
REPORTER: Charles Bierbauer Artist: Gerald Andrea
(DC) Examination of recent developments in United States-USSR relations Films shown. Incidents and issues mentioned are: Henry Cabot Lodge's display of Soviet bugging apparatus in United States embassy in Moscow, at United Nations in 1960, during United States attempts to counter reports of American U-2 spy flights over USSR ; President Carter's attempts to change own image with regard to relations with Sovs.; State Department position on USSR treatment of dissidents and Soviet- Cuban involvement in Africa; lecture on Africa situation allegedly received by foreign minister Gromyko on recent White House visit.; and national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski's recent visit to China (Puerto Rico) and anti-Soviet remarks while there. Carter's reaffirmation of efforts to reach Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement and prospect of trouble for treaty in Senate even before administration's "get-tough" campaign noted.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel