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US-USSR Trade / Welder Sale Controversy #55146

ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 11, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's announced restrictions on trade with USSR after recent dissident trials recalled. Reaction of some administration officials and Congmen. to President's decision to allow sale to Sovs. of sophisticated welding machine reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Carter's apparent action without knowledge of Energy Secretary James Schlesinger's opposition to sale outlined. Background on electron beam welder given; its alleged potential for aiding Soviet weapons industry noted. Film shown. Welder reported to be built by Sciaky Brothers in Chicago. [Company pres. Albert SCIAKY - doesn't think welder could benefit Sovs. outside drill bit manufacturer] [Engineering consultant William BEECHER - states reasons for disagreement with Sciaky's position.] Schlesinger's statements to White House, especially with regard to Commerce Department representative of his view, stated. Reaction of Senator Henry Jackson cited.
REPORTER: John Scali

Reporter(s):
Reynolds, Frank;
Scali, John
Duration:
00:02:00

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