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Special Assignment (Chemical Warfare) #73157

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 12, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Threat of chemical or biological warfare examined. [Colonel Billy COOK - notes ignorance as to USSR 's intent, despite knowledge of their capability.] Use of chemical weapons in World War I recalled; indications of USSR 's use of chemical warfare in Afghanistan, Laos and Cambodia noted. Current status of US's chemical warfare program outlined. [Senator Sam NUNN - compares United States and USSR progress in defense capabilities.] Controversial plan to develop new nerve gas canister at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, facility examined. [NUNN, Senator Mark HATFIELD - express opposing views of US-USSR chemical capabilities.] Explosion last year at alleged USSR biological warfare research center in Sverdlovsk discussed; details given. [Robert KUPPERMAN - compares effectiveness of biological weapons with thermonuclear ones.] President Nixon recalled announcing United States intentions to destroy its stkpile. of biological weapons in 1969; current status of US offensive biological weapons program noted. Criticism of Reagan administration's concern over status of USSR 's chemical and biological weapons development noted.
REPORTER: John McWethy, Artist: Freda Reiter

McWethy,, John;
Reynolds, Frank

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