CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 16, 1972
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(Studio) Victor Louis, reporter for "London Evening News" in Moscow, says Podgorny trip to Hanoi, North Vietnam,believed to urge cease fire. USSR leaders said convinced President Nixon wants United States out of Vietnam. North Vietnam rejection of USSR peace plan may occur.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Something going on regarding Vietnam. Paris Peace Talks to resume next week but just a screen. President Advsr. Henry Kissinger trip to Peking, China, Soviet President Nickolai Podgorny trip to Hanoi called "fishing expeditions," to see if President trips to USSR , and Communist China; United States bombing of North Vietnam; United States mining of North Vietnam harbors; and other events have changed Hanoi stance. USSR , China accept as fact United States withdrawal, but Hanoi may not. South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu's gov't. said big hangup.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) View from State Department said still murky, but there is feeling Vietnam is turning a corner. South Vietnam's successful block of North Vietnam attack; North Vietnam hardships resulting from United States bombings and harbor minings; coincidence of interests among big powers to end the war called "big power reasoning." USSR denounces North Vietnam attack on South Vietnam. North Vietnam said bitter toward allies; hateful toward US. No sign Hanoi ready to cooperate.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb