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Clements / Nuclear Weapons #22813

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jan 12, 1973
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(Studio) At Senator Armed Services Crate. hearing, William Clements, deputy Defense Secretary designate, pressed by Senator Harold Hughes on whether Clements would condone use of nuclear weapons in Vietnam.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [CLEMENTS - says not prepared to say if he would use nuclear weapons or not. Would not eliminate possibility.]
REPORTER: (No reporter given)

(Studio) This answer leads to quick high-level response.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) White House News Secretary Ronald Ziegler says Nixon would not use nuclear bomb in Vietnam. Defense Department spokesperson Jerry Friedheim says Defense Department already stated its policy in past. Friedheim pressed about Clements by reporters [FRIEDHEIM - says Clements speaking for himself, not Defense Department Says Defense Secretary Laird would not favor use of nuclear weapons.] Clements says later that he opposes use of nuclear weapons in Vietnam.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

Geer, Stephen;
Smith, Howard K.

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