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(Studio) Russian reaction, reported in Tass, says President Nixon's mining of North Vietnam harbors, fraught with serious consequences; demands mines be removed. United States-Soviet summit not mentioned. Nixon holds meeting with Russian trade minister Nickolai Patolichev and Ambassador Dobrynin.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt
(White House) President and Russian guests talk jovially about language problems. Summit has not been canceled; plans continue.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint
(State Department) Some officials believe Soviet Union has backed down to United States threat; others believe Russian response is a holding action to buy more time to allow: Nixon to back down from his hard line; West Germany to vote on treaties with Russia Poland; North Vietnam to launch next phase of military offensive.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
- Kalb, Marvin;
- Kuralt, Charles;
- Pierpoint, Robert
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