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USSR / Breakup / Commonwealth / Nuclear Weapons #578917

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 17, 1991
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Today's agreement between Russian President Boris Yeltsin and President Mikhail Gorbachev to dissolve the USSR in favor of the new commonwealth as the new year begins reported. Report introduced.

(Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan: John Dancy) Doubt about the ability of Yeltsin to make good on his assurances about control of Soviet nuclear weapons in the republics featured; President Nursultan Nazarbayev's statement that Kazakhstan will keep nuclear weapons as long as Russia has them noted; scenes shown of him with visiting Secretary of State James Baker. [BAKER - suggests that Yeltsin may have mislead the press.] Baker's push to bring Soviet nuclear weapons under a single unified command, number of Soviet nuclear weapons, potential of ethnic conflict in Kazakhstan noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John

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