CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 24, 1971
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(Studio) Christmas cease-fires observed. North Vietnam violates cease-fire. United States planes bomb North Vietnam, hit missile site.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Communist approved film shows wounded civilians, claimed United States air strike victims. Protective reaction raids continue. North Vietnam negotiator at Paris Peace Talks Xuan Thuy claims monthly raid rate. [Through translator XUAN THUY - comments on United States air raids.] Pentagon figures do not confirm North Vietnam reports; show raids up in 1971. Communist-approved films show air raid rubble. Civilian casualties claimed. September raid involved 200 planes. Bomb tonnage cited from Cornell University study. Heaviest tonnage said dropped on cntrys. United States is trying to defend. Film of Plain of Jarres bombing results shown. Refugees generated; camp near Vientian Laos, shown. Pentagon denies reported bombings, charge Communist terrorism; millions homeless. Refugee figures given. Comparative bomb tonnage in World War II, Korean War, Vietnam war cited. [Secretary of State William P. ROGERS - says bombing policy to continue] No clear-cut answer on when bombing will end.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
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