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US-USSR / Missile Freeze #77101

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 16, 1982
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(Studio) Exchange between United States and USSR with regard to nuclear missiles reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Report re. USSR proposed freeze of medium-range nuclear weapons in European section of USSR . Attached strings noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Moscow, USSR ) Leonid Brezhnev speech to trade unions reported Noted not broadcast due to Brezhnev's uncertain health. Scenes from Soviet TV shown. Brezhnev shown spkg. Situation interpreted. Retaliatory steps said threatened by Brezhnev if United States does not agree to do likewise in Europe. In event United States does not agree, placement of USSR missiles in Cuba considered. Speech assessed. Effect of speech on antimissile sentiment in Europe considered. American peace movement noted.
REPORTER: Anne Garrels

(Studio) Intended goals of USSR speech considered. Some analysts reported thinking USSR has gained public opinion points by proposal. Margaret Thatcher's skepticism reported

(Studio) President Reagan's critical response to proposal, in speech at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, reported Congress reaction said wary.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) At Oklahoma legislature, [REAGAN - says proposal isn't good enough.] Imbalance of USSR and United States weapons noted by President His zero option proposal recalled. [REAGAN - explains zero option.] Proposal shown on map. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - suggests challenging USSR to do better.] [Senator John TOWER - calls proposal repackage of old USSR proposals, to freeze US into position of inferiority.] Moscow said to have played worrisome card in propaganda war.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Garrels, Anne;
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank

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