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Korean Jet Downing / Aftermath #86685

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 08, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Madrid, Spain) Hostile atmosphere in meeting between Secretary of State George Shultz and USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko over Soviet's recent downing of KAL passenger plane detailed; films shown. [SHULTZ - feels brutality of USSR action illustrates its lack of concern for human lives; claims their "preposterous explanation" has compounded problem; considers Gromyko's response today totally unacceptable.] Implications of KAL incident for future United States-USSR relations considered.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) USSR ambassador to United Nations noted pledging to veto resolution condemning his nation `s downing of KAL flight as presented to Sec. Council today; details given, films shown. President Reagan reported ordering closing of all Aeroflot ofcs. in United States; Aeroflot flights to United States recalled suspended due to situation in Poland.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) USSR ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin noted called into State Department today re: Aeroflot. [State Department spokesperson Alan ROMBERG - announces Undersecretary State Lawrence Eagleburger's instructions to Dobrynin with regard to Aeroflot ofcs. and personnel.] President Reagan said asking Civil Aeronautics Board to prohibit United States airlines from selling tickets on Aeroflot; details outlined on screen. Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' defense of President `s actions, despite their lack of direct impact on USSR , outlined. ["Conservative Digest" spokesperson Richard VIGUERIE - considers President's moves window dressing.] President `s aides noted uncomfortable over combination of criticism from conservatives and praise from New York Times for Reagan's sanctions.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Size of Aeroflot's primarily domestic flight operations and diplomatic impact of Reagan's action for airline discussed. USSR ambassador in Japan said allegedly announcing recovery of debris and documents from KAL 007; details given. USSR chief of staff Nikolai Ogarkov reported meeting with West journalists tomorrow in Moscow.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter

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