CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 18, 1972
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(Studio) With future of peace talks in doubt, Nixon withdraws October restrictions on bombing North Vietnam above 20th parallel. Unrestricted bombing renewed, as well as mining of North Vietnam harbors. North Vietnam says United States planted mines in Haiphong Harbor and followed with severe bombing.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Pentagon) Defense Secretary Laird says bombing underway throughout Vietnam. Elliot Richardson accompanies Laird through Pentagon as reporters questions answered. Pentagon imposes strict news blackout, but United States pilots now operating with fewest restrictions ever.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Saint Department) Hanoi accuses United States of about-face in policy and them toughen terms for release of United States POW's. 2 mos. ago, Hanoi promised to release POW's within 60 days signing of deal. Now this changed, as has entire intl. climate. United States says Hanoi made basic decision last week to stall on peace. Hanoi says peace talks deadlocked and peace prospects being destroyed.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
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