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Vietnam / Offensive-US Reaction #20211

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 17, 1972
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(Studio) Nixon administration says it will not permit Communist military victory in South Vietnam. Secretary of State Rogers tells Senator war critics intensified United States bombing of North Vietnam expresses that determination. Hanoi and Haiphong Harbor main target. North Vietnam Premier Pham Van Dong rallies people via radio. North Vietnam delegate to Paris Peace Talks says Communists ready to resume secret talks with United States if bombing halted. Soviet Union complains 2 of its merchant ships damaged in Haiphong Harbor by United States bombs. No indication incident changed Nixon's plans to visit USSR next month
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) [Senator For. Relations Committee Chairperson, William FULBRIGHT - criticizes Nixon's bombing of North Vietnam.] [Secretary of State William ROGERS - defends United States action taken against invading North Vietnam forces. Says American ground combat forces will not be returned to South Vietnam, nor will United States use nuclear weapons.] Senator Church dubious; Senators Aiken and Cooper support President action. Senator Muskie calls for immediate end to United States action against North Vietnam.

(Studio) President Nixon appears on Capitol Hill for lunch, during Senator Vietnam war debate.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Nixon has lunch with retiring Louisiana Representative William CoIner. Shakes hands with tourists and keeps low profile about Vietnam war.

Clark, Bob;
Gill, Bill;
Reasoner, Harry

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