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Special Assignment (Arms Control) #89538

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 19, 1984
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(Studio) Criticism of President Reagan's lack of action on arms control noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Reagan's refusal to negotiate with USSR on anti-satellite weapons recalled, outlined on screen. [Senator Larry PRESSLER - fears opportunity to keep weapons out of space will be lost permanently if negotiations are not begun soon.] [Assistant defense secretary Richard PERLE - calls for renegotiation of verification procedures.] [Carnegie Endowment spokesperson Michael KREPON - notes verification issue is useful as rationale for avoiding agreement.] [PRESSLER - cites lack of arms control talks.] Indications that Reagan administration may be readying to dismantle arms control framework assembled by past admins. examined; President Reagan's proposal for star wars defense system cited as example [SALT I negotiator Gerard SMITH - believes United States is warning world of refusal to honor terms of anti-ballistic missile treaty.] Scheduled launching next year of more Trident submarines noted exceeding limits set by Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) I and II and to which both United States and USSR have agreed. Admin.'s rationale for arms control violations outlined. [PERLE - will not make concessions to get talks resumed.]
REPORTER: Rick Inderfurth

Inderfurth, Rick;
Jennings, Peter

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