CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 04, 1972
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(Studio) Paris Peace Talks collapse again. United States and South Vietnam suspend them.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Paris, France) [US Ambassador William PORTER - says North Vietnam and Viet Cong will not discuss halting their invasion in South Vietnam. Says cancellation of talks due to complete lack of progress in every available channel.]
REPORTER: Peter Kalischer
(State Department) Public and private efforts to break diplomatic deadlock have failed; include secret trip to Paris by Henry Kissinger. Admin. braces for another major escalation of Vietnam war. Heavy United States naval and air attacks against North Vietnam, include Hanoi and Haiphong, expected. Pentagon spkmn. Jerry Friedheim provides photograph intelligence of new Soviet weapons in use by North Vietnam. (shown). Kissinger, in Paris, proposed 7-day cease-fire, mutual withdrawal of for. forces, and coalition government, include President Thieu. North Vietnam rejected proposals. Nixon, though angry with Russians, still hopes to go to Russia.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
(DC) Another bold military move under consideration by President Bombing Hanoi, blockading Haiphong, amphibious landing by South Vietnam troops with United States air and naval support above DMZ (demilitarized zone) considered. President pressures Russia to restrain North Vietnam offensive.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
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