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Vietnam / Blockade-Mining #20556

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 12, 1972
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(Studio) 1 1/2 days after United States mine blockade of North Vietnam went into effect, pentagon reports no mines have exploded, no ships have tried to enter or leave harbors, no effort made by North Vietnam to clear mine fields. Blockade declared 100% effective. However, Japanese reporter Soviet cruiser and missile carrying destroyer steam south between Japan and Korea. No further official word from Russia; prospects for US-Soviet summit said excellent. powerful United States naval force stands by in Tonkin Gulf.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Tonkin Gulf) United States destroyers and cruisers off North Vietnam coast warn cargo ships of dangers of entering mined ports. Danang, South Vietnam, is focal point for resupplying South Vietnam troops in their fight below DMZ. Security is a problem. 1 month ago underwater swimmers attached nines to hull of ship. Ammunition, bombs enter port.
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Reporter(s):
Miller, Ron;
Smith, Howard K.
Duration:
00:03:20

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