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Vietnam / Bombing Halt / Peace Talks / Rusk / Action #198318

CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 01, 1968
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(Studio) Hanoi agrees to expanded peace talks with bombing halt underway. South Vietnam to sit with United States and Viet Cong to sit with North Vietnam.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [Secretary of State Dean RUSK - says now that halt underway, advocates should make sure their advice has substance. Supposes Hanoi concluded mil. success prospects very remote. One compromise would be for North Vietnam to take troops home and bring ours home according to Manila communique. All for. forces could get out of Laos and South Vietnam. President Johnson dealt with bombing halt question on its own merits, without regard to political pressure. Fruitless Paris Peace talks changed for better in July and August Things looked substantial in October President made decision when situation called for it. Doubt it'll affect internal pols.]
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Vietnam Commander General Creighton Abrams has full power to retaliate if Communists take advantage of suspension. Communist mine wrecks American ship in Mekong Delta. 16 killed; 8 MIA.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin

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