This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Results of ABC/"Washington Post" poll on President Reagan's handling of relations with USSR and on his handling of foreign affairs given; low ratings for Reagan's handling of Panama's General Manuel Noriega noted.
(Studio: Barry Serafin) United States reported blaming General Manuel Noriega for collapse of deal Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Tom Schell) Noriega's speech about breakdown of talks with United States featured; details given, scenes shown. [NORIEGA - (thru translator) says talks failed because of unacceptable ultimatum given to Panama by United States and because of Vice President George Bush's proposals.] Stmt. from hand- picked president Manuel Solis Palma quoted. Reasons for failure of US-Noriega talks detailed.
(Studio: Barry Serafin) Report introduced.
(DC: Jeanne Meserve) Admin.'s statement that its objectives have not changed reported [White House chief of staff Howard BAKER - says Noriega must go.] [Assistant Secretary of State Elliott ABRAMS - says nothing should be ruled out.] [Senator Christopher DODD - discusses military option.] Issue of military intervention examined. [Representative Sam GEJDENSON - comments.] [Cato Institution Doug BANDOW - fears damage to United States in Central American] Game plan with regard to Panama said delayed until President Reagan and Secretary of State George Shultz return to United States in mid-June.
(Studio: Barry Serafin) Gerhard Gesell, judge in Iran/Contra case, reported stating that immunity granted to Oliver North and co-defendants for their public testimony may make it impossible to try them on conspiracy chgs.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Status of dissidents, include "refuseniks," in today's USSR featured. Report introduced
(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) Soviet police's handling of "refuseniks" demonstrating as usual at Moscow library reported; scenes shown. [DISSIDENT - says there is improvement in handling of protests.] Interchanges between bystanders &protesting Soviet Jews noted. [MAN - comments.] [WOMAN - says no one knows what will happen in one hour]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Possible agreement between US-USSR to cooperate and to share intelligence in war on drugs reported Report introduced.
(DC: Dennis Troute) Growing drug problem in USSR featured; scenes shown from Soviet documentary. Linking of Soviet war in Afghanistan to drug problem reported Agreement by DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) chief John Lawn to support Soviet anti-drug campaign reported; details given of plan for DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to train Soviet police in drug investigating methods. [Senator Dennis DeCONCINI - wonders about danger of sharing info.] Great Britain recalled seizing hashish shipment with USSR cooperation. Impt. of drug problem reiterated.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Tbilisi, USSR : John Laurence) Impt. of private cooperatives to Mikhail Gorbachev's economy restructuring of USSR featured; scenes shown of Soviet fashion shows by private cooperatives. [Soviet economy Abel AGANBEGYAN - (thru translator) says Soviet economy is in delicate period.] Soviet economy problems said illustration by unempl. in Tashkent &food shortages in Tbilisi state-run store. [Soviet historian Roy MEDVEDEV - (thru translator) says economy improvements have not yet come about for Soviet workers.] [WORKER - (thru translator) says "perestroika" is going badly.] [Graduate ENGINEER - says situation is a catastrophe.] Case of bookkeeper in Soviet factory detailed. [Factory worker Nana MICHELASVYLI - (thru translator) says prods. from cooperatives are better than those in state shops.] Case of private dressmaking shop in Tbilisi detailed. [Co-op president Khatuna DZHARPARIDZE - (thru translator) comments on making money.] Some workers' resentment of cooperatives' success examined. [Soviet sociologist Tatyana ZASLAVSKAYA - (thru translator) discusses incomes.] [MEDVEDEV - discusses attitude held by some that working hard makes one bad.] Varying viewpoints on "perestroika" reiterated.
(Studio: Barry Serafin) Results of ABC/"Washington Post" poll on Nancy Reagan's use of astrology &on campaign '88 race between Vice President George Bush and Governor Michael Dukakis reported
(Studio: Barry Serafin) Vice President George Bush and Representative Newt Gingrich reported leading push for investigation of Representative Jim Wright's ethics.
(Studio: Barry Serafin) Abandonment of Shoreham nuclear power plant by New York state reported
(New York: Bill Blakemore) Agreement by Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) to sell Shoreham plant to state to dismantle it reported; scenes shown. [WOMAN - doesn't want plant on Long Island] Problems of evacuation from Long Island in case of nuclear accident detailed. [Attorney Herbert BROWN - says evacuees would be caught in highway gridlock.] Defense of plant by Reagan administration recalled. [RESIDENT - says she doesn't mind paying more for safety.]
(Studio: Barry Serafin) Gross national product (GNP) figs. for quarter given; Stk. Mkt. Report
(Studio: Barry Serafin) Two white policemen reported sentenced to death in South Africa for torturing black man.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Stmt. by Mikhail Gorbachev about "ripple effect" of freedoms in USSR on other ntns. in Soviet bloc cited. Soviet bloc nation of Czechoslovakia featured; scenes shown from Prague. [Czech television news foreign editor Jeri JAMBOR - recalls the '68 program.] Historical film shown of USSR tanks in Prague Sq. in 1968, sent in by Leonid Brezhnev to crush Czech experiment. [JAMBOR - describes Czech opposition to "glasnost."] Soviet bloc term "internal immigration," or retreating into one's own private world, described; scenes shown of Czech musicians. [Czech dissident Jan URBAN - says you must choose to agree in public or to disagree; explains price that dissidents pay here.] Econ. conds. and pols. in Czechoslovakia detailed; scenes shown of huge, ancient clock in town square Czechs fear of USSR reiterated.