ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 19, 1972
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(Studio) Secretary Defense Melvin Laird takes steps to prevent further actions like Lavelle's unauthorized bombing of North Vietnam. Laird informs Senator Armed Services Committee he is setting up watchdog agency to strengthen civilian control of mil. Says peace negotiations at sensitive stage, but United States bombing and mining of North Vietnam will continue during talks.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Bombing and mining have been only a qualified success. Trucks bring supplies to North Vietnam from China despite heavy bombing. North Vietnam still control several areas in South Vietnam, and the contested areas could cause problems if standstill cease-fire imposed.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson
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