NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 17, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Explosion reported in USSR nuclear missile plant last week Moscow summit between USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and President Reagan mentioned. Report introduced.
(DC: Jim Miklaszewski) Intelligence sources quoted with regard to explosion in Pavlograd, USSR . United States satellite photos noted indicating extent of damage. Plant reported USSR 's only SS-24 missile plant. SS-24 compared to US' MX missile; details given, scenes shown. SS-24 noted critical component of USSR 's nuclear arsenal. [Missile expert Stan NORRIS - comments on damage.] SS-24 noted major issue of START talks. [Ex-arms negotiator Frank GAFFNEY - comments on impact of explosion.] Sources quoted with regard to SS-24 missiles.