This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and President Reagan reported planning Moscow summit for end of May. START negotiations discussed. Report introduced.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) Reagan shown with USSR foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze. [SHEVARDNADZE - (thru translator) says won't answer questions if president doesn't.] [REAGAN - jokes with Shevardnadze.] Obstacles facing START treaty outlined. [REAGAN - says can't predict whether or not treaty will be ready to be signed at summit and mentions other subjects that need addressing.] Reagan reported giving Shevardnadze list of dissidents who should be permitted to leave USSR . [SHEVARDNADZE - (thru translator) says START treaty possibility.] Reagan administration reported seeking public relations success to equal or supersede that of Gorbachev's in DC. Reagan's aims for summit noted. Reagan noted declining tour of USSR due to Gorbachev's refusal to visit parts of United States. [USSR analyst Dimitri SIMES - says Gorbachev needs success.] Disagreements noted remaining with regard to SDI/Star Wars. White House officials quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) USSR noted possessing more weapons even if START treaty becomes effective. United States arms experts noted apprehensive with regard to situation. Report introduced.
(DC: John Cochran) Disagreement with regard to mobile missiles discussed; details given of verification problems if START treaty signed, scenes shown. Air and sea-launched cruise missiles noted also representing areas of difficulty between United States and USSR ; details given. [Senator William COHEN - urges more intelligence- gathering capability.] Senators reported submitting more than thousand questions with regard to INF treaty. Admin. official quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) INF treaty reported encountering opposition from Senator Jesse Helms. Senator Richard Lugar quoted with regard to Helms' proposals.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Michael Dukakis reported receiving Senator Bill Bradley's endorsement. Bradley quoted with regard to Dukakis being best candidate to run against Vice President George Bush. Report introduced.
(Jersey City, New Jersey: Bob Kur) Bradley's endorsement reported expected to aid Dukakis in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania primaries. [BRADLEY - says Dukakis could beat Bush.] Dukakis aides noted asserting Bradley's endorsement pressuring Governor Mario Cuomo to endorse him also. Dukakis noted needing endorsement because of splitting white vote with Albert Gore, Richard Gephardt and Paul Simon. Dukakis noted losing black vote to Jesse Jackson. Dukakis' critics quoted re: personality. [Massachusetts Senator William BULGER - jokes about Dukakis' charisma.] Dukakis noted considered bright and serious. [MA house speaker George KEVERIAN - compares Dukakis to Jimmy Carter.] [DUKAKIS - comments on style.] Dukakis noted taking credit for Massachusetts success. [DUKAKIS - says knows how to build strong economy] Econs. noted asserting Dukakis can't take all credit for Massachusetts's econ. success. [On 11 March, '88, DUKAKIS - attacks Gephardt's trade amendment.] Dukakis reported endorsing trade amendment at UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) meeting in Michigan. [GEPHARDT - criticizes Dukakis.] Dukakis noted likely to receive nomination if wins Michigan.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Northwest Airlines reported announcing total smoking ban on all domestic flights. Report introduced.
(DC: Robert Hager) Legis. banning smoking on short flights discussed. Northwest's total domestic smoking ban featured. [Northwest Vice President A.B. MAGARY - announces ban.] Northwest's passenger survey results illustration Texas- based Muse Air's smoking ban in '81 recalled. '86 National Academy of Sciences report detailed. California and Canada reported instituting smoking bans. [Northwest PASSENGERS - comment on ban.] Analysts noted predicting other airlines to follow suit.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Supreme Court reported upholding legislature limiting food stamp claims. Justice Byron White noted asserting government has no obligation to ease hardship caused when family member goes on strike from job.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Inflation rate and gross national product figs. illustration; stock market crash recalled.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Police in North Ireland reported resuming policy of guarding funerals due to killings last week in Belfast, North Ireland. British soldiers' funeral services shown in Northolt, England; Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher noted in attendance. Report introduced.
(Belfast, North Ireland: Stephen Frazier) IRA (Irish Republican Army) reported well-supplied with Libyan munitions. French customs agents intercepting ship belonging to IRA members and discovery of various weapons recalled; scenes shown. Impact of IRA possessing such sophisticated weapons discussed. Libyan shipments featured; details given, scenes shown. [Ex-British commander General James GLOVER - comments on seriousness ofsituation.] Arms demonstrations shown. [Royal Ulster Constabulary John HERMON -indicates concern.] Irish police shown discovering large weapons stash in boxes bearing Libyan markings. [Sinn Fein president Gerry ADAMS - says will continue fight as long as British refuse to leave in peace.] British troops being sent to North Ireland noted indicating refusal to acquiesce to IRA (Irish Republican Army) demands.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Israeli jets reported bombing Palestinian guerrilla bases in Lebanon; injured and dead toll given. Israeli soldiers reported arresting hundreds of Palestinians; strategy outlined. Defense minister Yitzhak Rabin quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) United Nations reported voting that PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) has right to maintain observer mission in NYC. United Nations noted condemning United States for closing mission. United States and Israel noted voting against resolution.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Contra-Sandinista peace talks reported continuing in Sapoa, Nicaragua. Nicaraguan defense minister Humberto Ortega Saavedra and Contra leader quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Admin. sources reported asserting Sandinistas may have received technology assistance from USSR during Honduran incursion. Sources noted claiming Sandinistas were given high resolution photos of area taken from USSR surveillance plane. Pentagon officials reported announcing United States troops in Honduras to return to United States next week
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Studio: John Chancellor) Defense buildup and budget outlined since beginning of Reagan administration Reagan's predilection for expensive futuristic weapons criticized.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Representative Edward Feighan quoted with regard to GAO's decision to send auditors to Honduras to ensure United States weapons aren't left for Hondurans or Contras.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Brian Ross' report on Czechoslovakian truck roaming about US recalled. United States officials noted never deciding whether truck on espionage or trade mission. Guatemalan authorities reported busting truck's crew for espionage. Report introduced.
(Guatemala City, Guatemala: Brian Ross) Scenes of truck shown from November 18, '87; details recalled. Truck's trek illustration Guatemala officials quoted with regard to arrest of Czechs. Army noted displaying cameras and truck. Authorities noted asserting film of Guatemalan military bases discovered. [Last December, CZEChigh school - say are tourists.] Czechs noted being held in Guatemala prison after being charged with espionage.