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Cuba / USSR Troops #62032

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 05, 1979
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(Studio) Secretary of State Cyrus Vance quoted with regard to possibility of USSR combat troops being in Cuba since early 1970s.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [VANCE - discusses seriousness of situation, US-USSR rel.] Question as to nature of Soviet troops there cited. [VANCE - says we don't know whether they have base or not; comments on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II hearings.] Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) ratification said not connected with withdrawal of troops. [VANCE - notes combat nature of units.] Impossibility of demanding total withdrawal of USSR troops.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(DC) Cancellation of today's Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II hearing by Senate Foreign Relations Committee for briefing by Vance on situation reported [Committee chairperson Frank CHURCH - says he wants troops withdrawn.] Possibility of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) ratification being slowed due to incident considered. [CHURCH - comments.] Letter from Vance to Senator Richard Stone, 8 days ago, quoted with regard to lack of evidence of USSR combat troops in Cuba; portions of letter quoted on screen. [STONE - says forces must leave Cuba; line must be drawn.] [Senator Howard BAKER - thinks they're testing United States leadership recalls Cuban missile crisis, John Kennedy.] [Representative Robert MICHEL - comments.]
REPORTER: Ann Compton

(Studio) USSR said able to move troops into Cuba secretly due to 7-yr. gap in US intelligence surveillance of Cuba; details given.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Compton, Ann;
Koppel, Ted;
Reynolds, Frank

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