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Vietnam / Blockade-North Vietnam Reaction #20537

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 11, 1972
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(Studio) French newspaper "Le Monde" reports from Haiphong, North Vietnam, that preparations for clearing mines from ports are underway, but have not yet begun. Pentagon says if North Vietnam attempt to clear mines, United States will replace them. United States warships stationed in Gulf of Tonkin to warn approaching ships of danger.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [Naval operations Chief, Admiral Elmo ZUMWALT - says United States ships will warn vessels of mines via radio, flashing lights, flags, megaphone. Does not respond to question of firing shots over bows of approaching ships directly, but repeats Secretary Defense Laird that United States will insure that no supplies enter North Vietnam territory.]
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

Geer, Stephen;
Smith, Howard K.

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