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Missing Plane / Reaction #203091

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 16, 1969
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(Studio) Washington, DC dvts. regarding plane reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) American radar record shows plane made evasive action before being shot down. [Pentagon Spokesperson Rodger BANKSON - says no evidence Korea tried to force plane to land. Mission not espionage.]
REPORTER: George Herman

(DC) Protest statement without retaliation to be given to North Korea in Panmunjom Friday Diplomacy, not military, stressed. Secretary of State William Rogers underlines American power limitations. [ROGERS - says great power doesn't mean freedom of action. Weak cntrys. can be rash, but powerful must be restrained.] Diplomats don't understand why White House hasn't condemned North Korea yet.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(DC) No talk of military retaliation. President Nixon met with National Security Council Talked of Korean motives. Press Secretary Ron Ziegler says Nixon distressed over 31 deaths. Advisors feel USSR influence with Korea minimal and Korea's relations with Hanoi "murky."
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) Chairperson Senate Foreign Relations Committee William Fulbright to hold hearing on event. North Vietnam congratulates North Korea for attack. Says United States learned nothing from Pueblo affair.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Herman, George;
Kalb, Marvin;
Rather, Dan;
Reasoner, Harry

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