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(Studio) In August, 1969, Henry Kissinger held 1st of his secret peace talks with top North Vietnam officials. Holds 19th meeting with North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho, to last (for 1st time) 3 days. Mtgs. fuel speculation that settlement of Vietnam war is closer than ever. Talks described as serious.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite; Peter Kalischer (quoted)
(White House) White House sources skeptical of recurrent rumors for peace in Vietnam. They cite several roadblocks: South Vietnam President Thieu doesn't want to resign; no replacement acceptable to both sides; no neutrals for 3-legged government proposed; Nixon sees no need for compromise with Communists in order to win reelection.
(State Department) State Department officials are uninformed of dvts. to avoid leaks. Kissinger may be discussing cease-fire limited to South Vietnam. North Vietnam stops criticizing Kissinger negotiating strategy in Paris.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
- Kalb, Marvin;
- Cronkite, Walter
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