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Chemical Warfare_/ USSR #89770

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 05, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Probable failure and political motive of President Reagan's proposed ban on chemical warfare, announced yesterday, examined; administration's rationale for proposal, encompassing domestic pols., outlined, discussed. Reagan's argument to Congress that funds for new purchases of chemical weapons is necessary to enforce his proposed ban with USSR on such weapons noted. Past course of Carter and Reagan admins.' conflicts with Congress over chemical weapons reviewed; USSR 's alleged emphasis on chemical weapons mentioned. [Pentagon spokesperson Michael BURCH - claims USSR has advantage over United States on chemical weapons.]
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) USSR reaction to President's proposal outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Moscow, USSR ) USSR reported not resuming suspended talks on arms control with United States until after November presidential election; indications of increase Soviet activism globally discussed. Politburo member Geidar Aliev's recent-Damascus visit, defense min. Dmitri Ustinov's trip to India, presence of carrier Leningrad in Caribbean for 1st time cited as exs. For. minister Andrei Gromyko thought architect of more assertive USSR line; details given. [United States-Canada Institution spokesperson Radomir BOGDANOV - dismisses United States perception of USSR .] Soviet interpretation of United States pull-out from Lebanon and perception of Ronald Reagan considered; USSR support for Walter Mondale or Gary Hart as United States President explained.
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Zelnick, Bob

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