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West Germany / Pershing II Accident #92042

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jan 11, 1985
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(Studio) No. Pershing II missiles deployed by United States in West Germany, in response to USSR 's 55-20 missiles, noted; death toll from accident at Pershing site there today reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Apparent circumstances of accident examined; films shown. [Brigadier General Raymond HADDOCK - explains incident; has called for investigation; denies danger of nuclear explosion.] Problems plaguing Pershing II recalled indicated by accidents and failures during pre-deployment tests. [Dr. Robert BOWMAN - thinks Pershing II was prematurely deployed due to pols.] Concern that accident will revive anti-US missile sentiment in West Germany in light of recent USSR missile accident over Norway and Finland noted.
REPORTER: Rick Inderfurth

Inderfurth, Rick;
Jennings, Peter

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