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Geneva Summit #93238

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 17, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Geneva, Switzerland) President Reagan's apparent reaction to leak of letter from Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger urging hard-line approach on arms control at summit here with Mikhail Gorbachev examined; scenes shown. [REAGAN - denies plans to fire Weinberger; accuses media of creating rumor that leak was designed to sabotage summit.] Story said coming from senior official aboard Air Force One. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - doubts Gorbachev will bring up issue.] Focus of Weinberger's argument outlined. [Courtesy "This Week", Secretary of State George SHULTZ - cites possibility of Reagan-Gorbachev reaching agreement on extending SALT II.] [Courtesy CBS, chief of staff Don. REGAN - denies President's been given a script.] [REAGAN - cites his goal for summit.]
REPORTER: Sheilah Kast

(Geneva, Switzerland) USSR response to Weinberger's letter featured; scenes shown. [American affairs expert Georgi ARBATOV - (thru translator) feels letter is attempt to torpedo arms control process.] [General Nikolai SHERVOV - (thru translator) calls for ban on space weapons.] [ARBATOV - (thru translator) wants to believe Reagan.] Possibility of Gorbachev offering another arms control proposal at summit mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Rodgers

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Geneva, Switzerland) Media competition between United States and USSR examined; scenes shown. Press spokesperson Larry Speakes noted leading United States assault. [Harvard Univ. spokesperson Marshall GOLDMAN - considers significance of new USSR approach to press confs.] [Soviet spokesperson Leonid ZAMYATIN - (thru translator) suggests militia be called to remove dissident from news conf.] [Soviet REPORTER - questions national security adviser Robert McFarlane re: US aggression.] Son Ron Reagan, former ballet dancer, mentioned covering summit for "Playboy" magazine
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) President and Nancy Reagan's activities today described.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Kast, Sheilah;
McWethy, John;
Rodgers, Walter

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