ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 28, 1972
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(Studio) In January, 1969, there were 549,500 United States troops in Vietnam.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(White House) During next 3 mos., 15,000 men will be withdrawn, leaving 39,000 American servicemen in Vietnam (not include American forces based in neighboring countries or at sea). Total month in war zone will still exceed 120,000. [President News Secretary Ronald ZIEGLER - says draftees will no longer be assigned duty in Vietnam.] President Nixon to hold television news conference Thursday 9:00 p.m. EDT.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(State Department) Modest troop reduction announcement, continued United States bombing in North Vietnam are part of administration Efforts to draw North Vietnam into serious negotiations. [Former Secretary of State Dean RUSK - says Hanoi is in no hurry to negotiate.] Says Sino-Soviet differences neutralize peace efforts of both China and Russia; peace can only be attained by North Vietnam decision.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
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