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Vietnam / Blockade Mines #20519

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 10, 1972
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(Studio) By sunset today in North Vietnam, nines in harbors will be activated. Russia has not responded to United States action sealing North Vietnam ports. United States planes carry out heaviest air strikes against North Vietnam in 4 years, attacking Hanoi and Haiphong, and railroad lines within 60 mile Chinese border. United States says 7 MiGs shot down, North Vietnam says 16 American planes downed. North Vietnam also claims United States planes hit Chinese economy mission in Hanoi, and 2 Russian cargo ships in Haiphong Harbor.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [Secretary Defense Melvin LAIRD - says United States will take necessary steps to cut off supplies used to carry on aggression in S.E. Asia. Says ships have not moved out of or into North Vietnam ports during past day. Says United States bombing in North Vietnam is on military targets, while North Vietnam killed civilians in attacking Quang Tri, South Vietnam. Says Vietnamization has not failed. Blasts administration critics.]
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

Geer, Stephen;
Smith, Howard K.

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