ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 27, 1984
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(Studio) USSR reported withdrawing from its original proposal to hold talks in Vienna this fall with United States on banning space weapons; Sovs. said seeking pre-talks moratorium on anti-satellite weapons and guarantee that negotiations will focus only on space weapons.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Reaction of White House noted coming in statement of deputy press secretary Larry Speakes, quoted on screen. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, in "Washington Post", noted dismissing relevance of Vienna talks if they pertain solely to space weapons; President Reagan said agreeing with Weinberger. [Senator Larry PRESSLER - hopes talks will still be held.] [Senator Dan. P. MOYNIHAN - thinks Sovs. counted on United States initially rejecting proposal; is confident talks will occur.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson