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Vietnam / Blockade-Communist Reaction #223315

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 09, 1972
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(Studio) There is no official reaction from Communist world to President Nixon's newest move in Vietnam war. Communist newspapers and radios complain of naked aggression. Govt's. of Russia, China, and North Vietnam have not spoken. Soviet Party Chief Brezhnev calls politbureau into urgent session; North Vietnam recalls Paris Peace negotiator Xuan Thuy for urgent consultation. Meanwhile, US military forces carry out Nixon's orders. Navy planes mime North Vietnam harbors. Mines will activate 6:00 p.m. North Vietnam time (6:00 a.m. EDT) on Thursday United States jets bomb rail lines in North Vietnam. President Nixon demands release of American POW's, and a cease-fire, dropping demand for South Vietnam government to have chance of survival.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Pentagon) 7 North Vietnam ports have been seeded: Cam Pha, Hon Gai, Haiphong, Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Quang Khe, and Dong Moi. Haiphong handles 80% North Vietnam sea traffic. 37 foreign Communist ships now docked there. Several British ships from Hong Kong also there. 25 more ships en route 2 main railroads linking North Vietnam with China being bombed. [Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairperson, Admiral Thomas MOORER - says ships stopping short of nine area, transferring goods to North Vietnam boats for beach landings, will be stopped by US. Says ports will be kept closed.] Quarantine will be economic as well as military.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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