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Vietnam / Clifford / US-South Vietnam Relations #198357

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 12, 1968
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Clark Clifford says if South Vietnam continues opposition to Paris Peace Talks, United States should proceed without them.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Clifford charges South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu with last minute pullout from agreement made long ago. [CLIFFORD - says Thieu said he didn't have enough time to get delegation together. President Johnson felt he had to proceed with plan. He was committed to Hanoi. Believes President right in not giving South Vietnam veto on plan. Should try to show South Vietnam why it should join talks. Yet if they don't, President should continue. Topics of military nature can be discussed. Pol. settlement up to South Vietnam and North Vietnam. Opportunity of ending war more important than political consideration.] United States hasn't criticized South Vietnam government so severely since President John F. Kennedy denounced Diem regime in 1963.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Studio) South Vietnam still not ready to attend Paris Peace Talks. Talks to be postponed. Clifford says enemy shellings from DMZ (demilitarized zone) not serious enough to resume bombing of North Vietnam. Says possibility remote of his staying on after Richard Nixon in office; suggests Nixon select new man so he can be briefederal
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Schorr, Daniel

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