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USSR / Chernenko Death #663031

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 11, 1985
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(Studio) Mikha11 Gorbachev reported succeeding USSR President Konstantin Chernenko, who died last night.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Moscow, USSR ) Significance of Gorbachev's assumption of power for Soviet leadership in general and relations, with United States specifically discussed; f11ms shown.
REPORTER: Steve Hurst

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) President Reagan's decision not to attend Chernenko's funeral reported [REAGAN - explains decision.] National security advisor Robert McFarlane thought opposing President `s absence; factors apparently contributing to Reagan's stance noted include attending funeral with Fidel Castro and Muammar el-Kadhafi. [REAGAN - claims United States suspicion of USSR is more justified than vice versa.] Admin.'s perception of Gorbachev's probable foreign policy positions and personality outlined on screen, discussed.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

Brokaw, Tom;
Hurst, Steve

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