ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 19, 1972
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(Studio) In Paris, France, North Vietnam considering boycott of future peace talks in protest of renewed air war. Le Duc Tho arrives Hanoi shortly after bombing begins.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Paris, France) Xuan Thuy charges North Vietnam betrayed by Nixon administration Says Kissinger deliberately distorted truth and demanded 126 changes in October agreement, mostly substantive changes. Says Nixon bombs North Vietnam every Christmas. Thuy says talks deadlocked over basic issues.
REPORTER: John Rolfson
(White House) If peace negotiations broken down, White House wants to blame North Vietnam. Says North Vietnam using talks as cover while preparing for military offensive against South.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(Capitol Hill) Congress opposition to Nixon's escalation of war organizing. Jacob Javits strongest critic of Nixon. Chm. Armed Services Committee F. Edward Hebert strongest supporter. [HEBERT - says keep heat up until Hanoi signs agreement.] [Senator Jacob JAVITS - says North Vietnam not bombed into settlement so far. Nothing indicates renewed airstrikes will be effective.] [Senator Stuart SYMINGTON - says would like to know what happened between Kissinger's peace-is-at-hand speech and now.] [Senator Edmund MUSKIE - says renewed bombing likely to mean indefinite prolongation of war.] War critics may try to force end of war by cutting off funds to continue it.
REPORTER: Bob Clark