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NATO / Missiles / US-West Germany Relations / Europe #568819

NBC Evening News for Friday, May 05, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) West Germany recalled urging United States to negotiate reduction of short- range nuclear missiles with USSR ; details of rift within NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) given. Report introduced.

(DC: John Cochran) West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl reported telephoning President Bush with regard to matter; details of conversation given. [Senator Les ASPIN - says he and Senator Sam Nunn believe Bush should compromise his stance.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted on screen with regard to USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev's strategy to divide NATO. [Norway's Prime Min. Gro Harlem BRUNDTLAND - comments on Bush and Kohl.] White House sources quoted with regard to Bush's position.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Ghent, Belgium: Jim Bittermann) Rift within NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and historical background of group discussed; details given, scenes shown. [Belgian WOMAN - says United States doesn't take European views seriously.] Europeans noted impressed with Gorbachev's reforms. [US ambassador to West Germany Vernon WALTERS - says Europeans are naive.] [French commentator Dominique MOISI - says Europeans are torn between hope and fear.] Europeans noted wanting to ensure their own freedom.

Bittermann, Jim;
Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John

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