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Vietnam / Peace Talks #221187

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 19, 1972
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(Studio) USSR says United States attacks on North Vietnam brutal. Warms they could damage US-USSR and US-China relations North Vietnam negotiator at regular session of Paris Peace Talks, Xuan Thuy, holds news conference Says every Christmas Nixon expresses concern for prisoners and them bombs North Vietnam.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Paris, France) Yesterday Xuan Thuy and United States Ambassador William Porter held technical experts meeting near Paris. Today Thuy says North Vietnam may suspend technical talks as well as regular Thursday peace talks. Thuy says Kissinger blocked peace by demanding 126 changes in October accord. 1 issue concerns reunification of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Thuy says United States trying to freeze Vietnam into 2 countries. Says disagreement over size of 4 nation international control commission exists. 5000 soldiers demanded by United States is same as army of occupation.
REPORTER: Peter Kalischer

(Studio) White House denies Thuy's claim that Kissinger demanded 126 changes in October agreement.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(State Department) Area of disagreement concerns DMZ. Kissinger wants DMZ (demilitarized zone) as demarcation lime between N and South Vietnam. November 20, Le Duc Tho supposed to have accepted this. Changed mind last Wednesday Now says United States trying to formalize DMZ (demilitarized zone) as boundary between 2 sovereign states.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Mil. sources of United States in Washington, DC and Saigon say Nixon clamping lid on information On Capitol Hill, opposition to policy change on Vietnam mounting. [Senator H. HUMPHREY - urges. negotiations; says bombing senseless.] [Senator Jacob JAVITS - says North Vietnam never bombed into settlement before and won't be now.] [Senator William BROCK - says Communist buildup jeopardizing United States troops. Feels US mining of Haiphong brought North Vietnam to peace table; and renewed bombing will have similar effects.] [Chairperson Armed Services Committee F. Edward HEBERT - says bombing will be effective.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Kalischer, Peter

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